Brooklyn rapper Sean Price died in his sleep in his Brooklyn apartment on Saturday morning, according to his record label Duck Down Music. He was 43.

“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, Aug. 8, 2015,” a the statement from his representatives read.

The cause of Price’s death remains unknown at the moment. The rapper is survived by his wife and three children. He was about to release a new album, Songs in the Key of Price. He was part of the duo Heltah Skeltah and a member of Boot Camp Clik as well as having a successful solo career.

According to the label’s statement, “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.” The label also launched a fundraising effort on Crowdrise to support Price’s family.

Many rappers and producers shared their memories of Price after news of his death. “I feel like I just got kicked in the heart,” wrote Just Blaze. Macklemore described him as a “huge inspiration.” DJ Premier posted a photo of the rapper on his Instagram, expressing “love and respect to the Duck Down Family.”

 

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