Rapper Trugoy the Dove of De La Soul Dead at 54

Legendary hip-hop artist David Jolicoeur, better known as Trugoy the Dove of De La Soul, has passed away at the age of 54.

The news was confirmed by the group’s official Twitter account, which wrote: “It is with tremendous sadness that we share the news of the passing of our beloved Dave, aka Trugoy the Dove.”

Jolicoeur was a founding member of the pioneering hip-hop trio, which formed in 1987 and released its debut album, “3 Feet High and Rising,” in 1989. The album was a critical and commercial success, and is widely regarded as one of the greatest hip-hop albums of all time.

Jolicoeur was known for his unique vocal style and his ability to blend rap and singing. He was a key member of the group, appearing on all seven of De La Soul’s studio albums.

The cause of death has not been released, but Jolicoeur had been battling health issues in recent years.

Tributes have been pouring in from fellow artists and fans. Rapper Chuck D tweeted: “Trugoy was one of the greatest voices in hip-hop. He will be missed.”

De La Soul’s official statement concluded: “We are devastated by the loss of our brother Dave and we extend our deepest sympathies to his family, friends, and fans.”