By Steve Osaka
US rapper Robert Ross popularly known as Black Rob has passed away at the age of 51.
The artist formerly signed to Puff Daddy’s ‘Diddy’ Bad Boy Records is best remembered for his hit ‘Whoa’ that reached the Billboard top 100 standing at number 43.
He was also featured on on Diddy’s song ‘Bad Boy 4 Life’ which also made it to number 33 on the Billboard chart.
His death comes barely two weeks after the demise of another hip hop legend Earl Simmons popularly known as DMX.
Black Rob exited Bad Boy Records in the mid 2000s but reunited with the crew in 2016 during the Bad Boy Family Reunion Tour.
The cause of his death is still unknown, previously he disclosed having suffered 4 strokes.
His death was confirmed by longtime friend and former stable mate Mark Curry who had initially set a ‘Go fund me account’ to help the artist settle hospital bills and to secure him a home, since he had been homeless for sometime.
“I don’t know where to begin this, but I thank everybody for the donations, Rob passed away about an hour ago,” said Curry on Saturday in a video on his Instagram.
“Rest in peace to my brother. I was there with him.I was there with him. I was there with him,” said Curry in his second video.