Drum 'n' bass MC Skibadee has died, his family has announced on social media, although they are yet to confirm a cause of death.
The statement was posted on Facebook on Sunday afternoon, reading: "Hello everyone, as Alphonsos first born i unfortunately come some with sad news to say that skibadee has passed away, as a family we ask for some privacy but may he rest in peace".
Having started out on City Sound Radio in 1993, his career grew exponentially, garnering several awards for Best Drum 'n' Bass MC over the years.
Skibadee was also a member of drum 'n' bass group SASASAS, who released album 'Unite (DJ Mix)' last year and more recently, single 'Finally'.
Since the announcement, tributes have been pouring in on social media recognising the London-born MC's endeavours, with Skibadee being labelled 'favourite MC’s favourite MC’s favourite MC', amongst other heartfelt messages.
Skibadee was your favourite MC’s favourite MC’s favourite MC.— Plastician / Stish (@Plastician) February 27, 2022
I think he was the first person I ever heard MC, and I’m sure that would be the same for a lot of people my age.
Can’t underestimate the foundations that guy built for everything we’ve had since then.
RIP Skibadee, a true legend to grace the stage and an amazing person 💙 Thoughts are with his loved ones currently.— Danny Byrd (@dannybyrd) February 27, 2022
Jungle/DnB has lost a real icon today. Devastating news
RIP Skibadee. Can’t believe Im writing this right now. Had some amazing times with him on stage over the years. An absolute legend of our scene and will be remembered forever 🙏— Friction (@friction) February 27, 2022
I cannot believe I’m writing this. RIP @TheRealSkibz MC Skibadee. His contribution to Drum and Bass can never be equaled. He was first and foremost a great guy I always really enjoyed spending time with. Goodbye old friend, we will keep your memory alive forever.— DJ Fresh (@DJFreshUK) February 27, 2022
fucking hell. I didn’t want to believe it but seems an official post went up on his fb again.. RIP Skibadee, an icon of Jungle D&B who inspired countless MCs in many genres. really awful news, love & condolences to his family & close friends 🖤— Flight (@DJFlight) February 27, 2022
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Update 28/02: This article was amended to correct Skibadee's age