Kangol Kid Dies: Rap Pioneer From UTFO Was 55

NEW YORK - DECEMBER 06: Kangol Kid attends 'The Sitter' premiere at Chelsea Clearview Cinemas on December 6, 2011 in New York City. (Credit: Shutterstock)

Kangol Kid of hip-hop group UTFO has died after battling cancer. He was 55.

The rapper, real name Shaun Shiller Fequiere, passed away Saturday at a hospital in Manhasset, New York, his family told the Associated Press. The Brooklyn-born performer was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer in February.

Kid’s son T. Shaun Fequiere posted a tribute to his dad on Instagram Saturday, writing: “I just wanna hear you again, another hug, another embarrassing kiss.”

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Kangol Kid was an original member of hip hop and break dancing group UTFO (Untouchable Force Organization). The Brooklyn, New York group also include Educated Rapper (Jeffrey Campbell), Doctor Ice (Fred Reeves), and Mix Master Ice (Maurice Bailey). They broke onto the music scene in the 1980s and became best known for the single “Roxanne, Roxanne.”

Kid is considered one of the “pioneers of hip hop.”

LL Cool J, who recently visited Kid in the hospital, shared a tribute to him on Instagram writing: “Too much to say… one day. Rest in power Kangol. Love you big bro.”

Kangol Kid shared details about his cancer journey on Instagram. A picture posted on his official Instragram account on Nov. 11, showed him resting in a hospital bed.  The post was captioned, “This is part of my journey. Thank you for the prayers and well-wishes you send and share. #kangolkid #kangol #utfo #roxanneroxanne.”