A founding member of rap group The Roots, Malik Abdul Basit, has passed away. The death of Basit, who was known by his stage name Malik B., was confirmed Wednesday by his former band members. 

The Roots released a statement on Twitter uplifting their “beloved brother” for his gifted artistry. No cause of death has been released in the passing of the 47-year-old, according to CNN. 

"We regretfully inform you of the passing of our beloved brother and long time Roots member Malik Abdul Basit," the band tweeted Wednesday. "May he be remembered for his devotion to Islam and innovation as one of the most gifted MCs of all time."