Philadelphia-raised rapper and model, Chynna Rogers, has died at the age of 25.
“I can regrettably confirm Chynna passed away,” her manager, John Miller The Wrap via email before adding that her family said, “Chynna was deeply loved and will be sorely missed.”
While no details around the cause of her death have been released, a statement from her management team at True Panther reads: “Rest In Peace Chynna. Heartbroken. All the love to those she left behind. Goodbye angel.”
Rogers, who has been based in Brooklyn for a number of years, earned her first big break as a model when she signed to Ford Models at the age of 14. After deciding to follow her career as a model, Chynna headed to New York where she would eventually meet A$AP Mob founder A$AP Yams. “I tweeted them pictures I took at the show. I wanted to A&R and I was inspired by the way [A$AP Yams] went about moulding Rocky’s career,” she told Billboard in 2017.
Shortly after, A$AP Yams reached out and urged Chynna to follow her dreams of a career in the music industry. Lacking confidence at the beginning, A$AP Mob guided the young MC and steered her talent. In 2013, the gamble paid off as the young musician earned early viral success with her songs ‘Glen Coco’ and ‘Selfie’.
However, for Chynna fame would bring its own demons. With such a meteoric the young musician was faced with a very public struggle with substance abuse. “I felt crazy. I didn’t want to be a statistic. I didn’t want to go out that way and people be like: ‘I told you so,” or glamorise it [drugs], because I don’t feel like that,” the rapper told VIBE in 2018, several years after getting clean.
“It was nerve-wracking to be open, but when you see how many more people who are dealing with the same thing, it’s good to have some kind of example of someone you didn’t expect to be going through it.”
She added: “A lot of it was written at the darkest times of my opiate use. I saw sides of myself that I otherwise would have never seen. They’re not sides that are particularly good, but sides that you need to see to know what you’re capable of. After I put it out, I got hit up a lot by kids and even other artists and homies who originally didn’t feel comfortable admitting they were going through the same things.”
Having been clean for a number of years Chynna released her last EP, in case i die first, in January and backed it with a string of tour dates.