Pioneer Rapper Phife Dawg Loses Battle with Diabetes

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Today we learned the sad news that pioneer rapper Phife Dawg from A Tribe Called Quest passed away from complications of diabetes. He was 45 years old.

There are varying reports as to whether Phife Dawg (born Malik Isaac Taylor)  had type 1 or type 2 diabetes, but at the end of the day, it doesn’t really matter. It may signal what we already know – that there is little public (or media) understanding about these complex disease types. More importantly, though, it demonstrates that “diabetes” (both type 1 and type 2) asks for an incredible and unfair burden of management for those living with it—and even with today’s medicines and devices, it can take a devastating toll.

We extend our thoughts to Malik’s family and friends during this difficult time.

It’s an unwelcome reminder of how challenging life can be with “diabetes” and it only renews our commitment to drive faster, better research to improve outcomes.

Phife Dawg called himself a “funky diabetic.”  He’s left the diabetes behind, but we’re pretty sure the stars just got a whole lot funkier. RIP.

— The team at Glu

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