Rapper Magoo, part of the ’90s group Timbaland & Magoo, died Sunday. He was 50.

Page Six reported the musician’s official cause of death remains unknown.

Singer and music producer Digital Black took to Instagram and shared the news of the Virginia native’s passing with his followers. 

“Man can’t believe this RIH Magoo damn big bro wasn’t ready for this at all #superfriends,” he captioned the post, with a cover art photo of the late rapper and Timbaland’s 1997 Welcome to Our World album. 


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R&B singer Ginuwine also paid tribute to the late rapper, sharing a photo of him on his Instagram account.

The “So Anxious” singer explained how good of a person the rapper was and hoped the two would be reunited again.

“I hate going through this and losing people we love sometimes it makes you feel like you dont wanna feel the pain so you wanna be gone also …pain hurts ..man oh man blessings to the family all of my condolences 🙏🏽,” Ginuwine wrote.

On Monday, Timbaland shared a photo of the pair on his Instagram account, stating Magoo’s death “hits different.”

This one hits different 🥲🥲🥲 long live Melvin aka magoo !!!💔💔💔 Tim and Magoo forever 🕊️🕊️🕊️ rest easy my king ❤️❤️❤️,” he wrote in the post’s caption.


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The “Up Jumps the Boogie” rapper, born Melvin Barcliff, launched his musical career in 1989 alongside Timbaland (Timothy Zachery Mosley) when they were teens, per HipHopDX.

They released three albums and collaborated with fellow rapper and Virginia native Missy Elliot, Ginuwine, Aaliyah and other prominent artists.

In 2021, the group’s entire discography was released by Blackground Records, making it available on all streaming platforms. They were also known for their 1997 hit single “Luv 2 Luv Ya.”