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Rap music lost a godfather early Tuesday morning, when Big Bank Hank of the Sugarhill Gang died due to complications from cancer.

He was 57-years-old.

According to TMZ:

Hank … born Henry Jackson … had been suffering from cancer. We’re told he passed away in the greater NYC area around 2 AM. Hank was one third of the famous Sugarhill Gang … which had the first mainstream rap hit “Rappers Delight” in 1979.

His group mates Wonder Mike and Master Gee told TMZ … “So sad to hear of our brother’s passing. Rest in peace Big Bank.”

This story is developing. May he rest in peace.

SOURCE: TMZ | VIDEO SOURCE: YouTube