It saddens us to report rap legend, Phife Dawg, has passed away. There are no report on what happened but our prayers are with Phife Dawg's friends and family. The family of Phife Dawg just released a statement. The family of A Tribe Called Quest member, Phife, also known as Malik I. Taylor, has released a statement announcing that he has died, aged 45. "We regret to share the news that on Tuesday March 22nd, 2016, Malik has passed away due to complications resulting from diabetes.