Early on Saturday morning, 8th August 2015, veteran rapper Sean Price aka Ruck died in his sleep, aged 43. Price began his career in 1995, but things really took off in 1996 as part of acclaimed rap duo Heltah Skeltah alongside Jamal Bush aka Rock.

A representative for Price issued the following statement:

"It is with beyond a heavy heart that Duck Down Music is sadly confirming that Sean Price passed away early this morning in his Brooklyn apartment, Saturday, August 8th, 2015. The cause of death is currently unknown, but it was reported that he died in his sleep. He’s survived by his wife, and his three children … Sean’s family and friends are asking for time to grieve and process the news. Further details will be issued when more information is available."

DJ Premier first revealed news of Price's death via this Instagram post:

R.I.P. Ruck....Love and Respect to The Duck Down Family!!! #SeanPrice

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