Phife Dawg, The 5 Foot Assassin of legendary hip-hop trio A Tribe Called Quest passed away earlier today, according to DJ Chuck Chillout’s Twitter. The news has been confirmed by Statik Selektah and many veteran artists have sent their condolences to the 45-year-old emcee and his family. The cause of  death is not known yet, but Phife has been fighting Type-I diabetes for years, which he was diagnosed with in 1990. Rest in power to Phife Dawg of The Zulu Nation, and we send our prayers and condolences to his friends and family members during this difficult time.