UPDATE: According to The New York Times, Black Rob’s cause of death was determined to be cardiac arrest. However, Mark Curry explained the rapper had been suffering from a range of medical issues, including kidney failure, lupus, diabetes, and multiple strokes.
Just days after fans learned Black Rob was undergoing treatment for undisclosed ailments, the former Bad Boy Records rapper has reportedly died. He was 52-years-old.
Fellow Bad Boy alum, Mark Curry, announced the rapper’s passing in an emotional video on Instagram Saturday afternoon (see below.) “I dont’t know where to begin this, but I thank everyone for the donations. Rob passed away about an hour ago,” Curry said as he fought off tears. Six days prior, Curry helped get the word out about the rapper’s condition when a video of a bedridden Black Rob began to circulate on social media, stirring as much concern as well-wishing from Rob’s fans.
A GoFundMe campaign was launched to aid the rapper and his family. The campaign, sadly, fell short of its $50,000 goal. In the days after Rob’s troubling health condition went public, the East Harlem rapper was discharged from the hospital, but claimed to have suffered four strokes in the last five years in a video shared on Sunday. Rob also claimed to be facing houselessness at the time the video was recorded. Earlier this week, DJ Self, who shared the video of Rob in the hospital, suggested the rapper had been battling kidney failure for some time.
In the hours after his death was announced, friends, peers, and fans, took to social media to commemorate the rapper. Comb through some of the salutes below.
— Versey (@VerseyMusic) April 17, 2021
RIP Black Rob 🙏🏾🕊 pic.twitter.com/x5bp2iIqpM
— DDOT. (@DDotOmen) April 17, 2021
Rest Up 😢 pic.twitter.com/iKY2hhZNgh
— PETEROCK.COM (@PeteRock) April 17, 2021
Rest In Peace Black Rob … obviously the iconic hit is “whoa” but for me it’s always gonna be about “I love you baby” off the puff daddy and the family album … 🙏🏼
— Peter Rosenberg (@Rosenbergradio) April 17, 2021TRENDING VIDEOS
RIP to one of Bad Boy’s finest, storyteller supreme, Black Rob 🙏🏽 pic.twitter.com/2h5g7lvQnj
— Skyzoo (@skyzoo) April 17, 2021
This hit my heart……. we will NEVER forget you brother! RIP BLACK ROB! 💔💔💔 https://t.co/62g1m37wwx
— Mario Winans (@IamMarioWinans) April 17, 2021