The untimely passing of hip-hop vet Combat Jack has undoubtedly shaken the rap community. Early Wednesday morning (Dec. 20), it was announced that the long-time music attorney and podcaster had passed away at the age of 48 after succumbing to complications from colon cancer.
Combat Jack, real name Reggie Ossé, shared his bout with the disease nearly four months ago. He had been absent from his well-known hip-hop and industry news podcast, The Combat Jack Show, which he expressed lament for via Twitter.
“In [seven] years of podcasting, I’ve never missed an episode,” he wrote in his statement on Twitter. “I got hit with some real life s**t. I was recently diagnosed with colon cancer.”
And much in the same way the rap community showed their support after learning of his diagnosis, fans and colleagues have rallied together to mourn the loss of an icon. BET sends its deepest prayers, thoughts and condolences to the family of Reggie Ossé as we pay respect to his legacy at this time.
Rest In Peace to Reggie Ossé; a real friend and a constant inspiration. Love you forever Combat Jack!— Rob Markman (@RobMarkman) December 20, 2017
Reggie Ossé aka Combat Jack was extraordinarily kind and supportive to everyone who sought his counsel and everyone he worked with. He was wickedly smart, knowledgeable, and so, so funny. He will be missed. RIP.— Damien Scott (@thisisdscott) December 20, 2017
At a loss for words. Rest In Peace to Combat Jack, one of the most incredible individuals I’ve ever known— Karen Civil (@KarenCivil) December 20, 2017
Hip Hop has lost one of its most important historians and voices... we had serious ups and downs but I was so happy we had made things good... Rest In Peace to my friend Combat Jack....— Peter Rosenberg (@Rosenbergradio) December 20, 2017
DAMN MAN REST IN PEACE TO MY BROTHER @Combat_Jack ONE OF THE FIRST PEOPLE TO EVER EMBRACE ME IN THIS WHOLE SHIT. MY HEART IS HEAVY MAN FUCK. LOVE ALWAYS.— FUCK THATS DELICIOUS (@ActionBronson) December 20, 2017
RIP Combat Jack, who let us into his family and onto his podcast, who brought donuts to our apartment and carried stories for days. He left the Lil B show screaming "swag!" and saying he'd seen the future. A great laugh, a great mind, a great friend and a better man.— ItsTheReal (@itsthereal) December 20, 2017
Heartbreaking. RIP Reggie "Combat Jack" Osse. Great man, storyteller and leader. Your contributions to hip hop will never ever be forgotten. Ultimate salute. pic.twitter.com/McK0F9TvYp— Elliott Wilson (@ElliottWilson) December 20, 2017
R.i.P combat jack thank u for everything!!!— Roc marci (@rocmarci) December 20, 2017
Damn bro... Combat Jack you brought so much to HipHop conversations. Thank You.— OldMan Ebro (@oldmanebro) December 20, 2017
R.I.P. to the legend @Combat_Jack. Great, great guy.— Andrew Barber (@fakeshoredrive) December 20, 2017
life is short.
R.i.p Combat jack !!! We gonna miss u king!! pic.twitter.com/aYBfv1JjvY— Raekwon Da Chef (@Raekwon) December 20, 2017
Rest In Peace to the Legendary Combat Jack. And thank you for everything.— Joe Budden (@JoeBudden) December 20, 2017
Me & Combat Jack had our verbal spars. Cancers of the zodiac are a passionate ilk. I have threads of our debates lingering in my gmail. We must continue the culture of respectfully challenging one another. It's healthy for hip-hop & for the world. RIP to a true trailblazer.— Karlie Hustle (@THEkarliehustle) December 20, 2017
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