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Popa Wu, the Wu-Tang Clan affiliate and mentor, has died aged 63

Popa Wu, a figure who has been long associated with the iconic hip hop group Wu-Tang Clan, has died at the age of 63.

While no official cause of death has been revealed, Rolling Stone is reporting that Wu—who was also commonly known as Freedum Allah—passed away at his Brooklyn home.

Wu, who has been long affiliated to Wu-Tang Clan, acted as a mentor to the band having been introduced as the cousin of the group’s member RZA as well as being distantly related to both GZA and Ol’ Dirty Bastard.

Having helped Wu-Tang Clan form, Wu went on to appear on numerous different iconic tracks including the likes of including ‘Wu-Revolution’, Raekwon’s ‘North Star (Jewels)’, Ghostface Killah’s ‘All That I Got Is You’, and more.

Since the news of Wu’s passing, tributes have already started surfacing on social media. “Can’t believe you’re gone!” wrote Raekwon. “No words!” Ghostface Killah added while sharing a picture.

He added: “Rest in paradise my brother. Forever. Tell Dirt we love and miss him.”