Sean “Diddy” Combs” has broken his silence on the passing of former Bad Boy Entertainment artist Black Rob, who died Saturday.
On Sunday, Diddy took to Instagram to share a photo of himself and the late rapper he’s known for nearly three decades.
“Rest in power, King @therealblackrob!” Diddy wrote in the caption. “As I listen to your records today, there’s one thing that they all have in common! You have made millions of people all over the world feel good and dance! You are one of a kind! GOD BLESS! Love. You will truly be missed!”
News of Black Rob’s passing was first reported by former Bad Boy singer Mario Winans and fellow rapper Mark Curry. Curry told Rolling Stone Sunday that Rob’s cause of death was “cardiac arrest caused by a rare kidney disease.”
Black Rob’s passing follows a viral video of the rapper in a frail state while lying in a hospital bed. In the video, shared by his friend, DJ Self, Rob said he was near homeless and had suffered multiple strokes over the past five years.
Born Robert Ross, Black Rob got his start in the late 90s appearing on a number of Bad Boy remixes, including the remix to 112’s hit “Come See Me.” The rapper released his debut album, Life Story, in 2000, which spawned his biggest hit, “Whoa!” He went onto release three more albums before leaving Bad Boy in 2010.
“Before Rob passed, he said, ‘One thing I was going to do before I leave this Earth is make sure we all speak to each other again,"” Curry said of Rob and Diddy’s relationship. “It’s always great to see when people are growing and learning to forgive.”
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