One-third of the renowned rap trio De La Soul, David “Trugoy the Dove” Jolicoeur, has passed away. He was 54.
The cause of death is yet unknown.
Trugoy, who had lately adopted the name Dave and also went by the alias Plug Two, had recently been vocal about his struggle with congestive heart failure.
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In the 208 “Royalty Capes” video by De La Soul, Trugoy spoke openly about how his failing health prevented him from performing.
“I’m ready just to get back to the stage,” he said. “I miss that. I love traveling. I love being around my guys and I want that back.”
Last week, De La Soul participated in the Grammys’ Hip-Hop tribute performance, although Trugoy was not present on stage with the rest of the group.
De La Soul, known as one of the most creative acts in rap history, gained notoriety in the early 1990s when they provided a lighthearted counterpoint to the gangsta rap trend that was just starting to take off.