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It’s a sad day for New Orleans natives and bounce music lovers everywhere. Rapper and bounce music legend 5th Ward Weebie was pronounced dead on Friday after suffering a heart attack “which turned into emergency heart surgery and ultimately heart failure.”

Weebie, whose real name was Jerome Cosey, was a such a staple in his community. So much so that even New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell gushed about him and his contribution to the community often.

“He was an iconic personality, a New Orleans legend and a beloved friend. He was the bounce king who showed us how to move, how to love and how to bring passion and humanity to everything we do. New Orleans has lost a cornerstone of our culture. Our city will not be the same without his voice and his spirit.”

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It broke my heart to learn that Jerome Cosey — our 5th Ward Weebie — has passed. Let me find out you didn't know who he was … He was an iconic personality, a New Orleans legend, and a beloved friend. He was the Bounce King, who showed us how to move, how to love, and how to bring passion and humanity to everything we do. New Orleans has lost a cornerstone of our culture. Our City will not be the same without his voice and his spirit. May he rest in God’s perfect peace. 5th Ward Weebie was a driving force in New Orleans' Bounce music scene, producing such hits as "Get Out The Way" and "Let Me Find Out" along with a cathartic single about Hurricane Katrina. Most recently he performed at our Black and Gold Pep Rally in the lobby of City Hall in advance of the New Orleans Saints' game against the Saints' 33-27 win over the Seattle Seahawks. @5thwardweebie

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Louisiana Congressman Cedric Richmond also spoke out about Weebie, saying:

“Jerome Cosey, more commonly known as 5th Ward Weebie, embodied the soul of New Orleans as an artist and cultural icon. I was blessed to call him my dear friend, and I am so sad he is no longer here with us.”

Cosey’s death hit home to many. He’s known for classic bounce tracks like “Shake It Like A Dog,” “I Really Want U,” and “So Attracted.” But his legacy far surpasses his music. RIP to legend, gone too soon at just 42 years old.

Hit the flip to see friends, family and fans pay tribute to Weebie.

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