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It has been reported by US media that David Jolicoeur, also known as Trugoy the Dove, a founding member of the influential hip hop trio De La Soul, has passed away at the age of 54.

No information has been given on the cause of his death, though he had previously spoken publicly about suffering from congestive heart failure.

Jolicoeur formed the group with Posdnuos (Kelvin Mercer) and Maseo (Vincent Lamont Mason Jr) and the trio revolutionized hip-hop in the late 80s and early 90s.

Last week, De La Soul was honored at the Grammy Awards in Los Angeles during a tribute to the genre.

Rapper B Real from Cypress Hill wrote on Twitter, calling Jolicoeur a “legend of hip hop music and culture” and expressing that “His music will allow him to live in our hearts and minds. But not only was he a great musician but he was a great human being. He meant a lot to us.”


De La Soul’s classic albums were made available for streaming online last month after overcoming complex licensing issues.

Their first six records, including the critically acclaimed 1989 debut album “3 Feet High and Rising,” which reached number one on the Billboard R&B/hip-hop album chart and is often considered one of the greatest albums of all time, will be released on digital streaming services for the first time on March 3rd.

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