R.I.P. Eyedea?

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I hesitate with posting things like this until they are truly confirmed, but this one really caught me off guard.

According to HipHopDX (a website that has been pretty reliable in the past) Eyedea, one half of Eyedea and Abilities, has passed away.

The details of what happened, at this point, are speculation.  Allhiphop.com says

“It is with great pain and sadness that I tell you my son Mikey (Eyedea) has passed away,” Averill wrote on Facebook.
The cause of death for Eydea remains unknown and his mother requested privacy.
“At this time we kindly request your respect and our privacy as we process this devastating loss. On behalf of Mikey’s family, close friends and fans, thank you.”

I don’t know what to say exactly other then the fact that this quite tragic.  Eyedea, while not exactly a huge commercial success, was an imaginative and creative artist.  The music that he and Abilities made together was original and helped put Rhymesayers on the map.

Obviously all our thoughts are with his family.

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