MEMPHIS, TENN.: The manager for Three 6 Mafia founding member Robert “Koopsta Knicca” Phillips says the Memphis rapper has died.
Joe Robbins said Phillips suffered a stroke before dying early Friday morning at a Memphis hospital. He was 40 years old.
The Commercial Appeal reported that Phillips recorded the well-regarded solo album Da Devil's Playground in 1999. He left Three 6 Mafia the following year.
More recently Phillips reunited with other former Three 6 Mafia members to form Da Mafia 6ix.
Da Mafia 6ix member and producer “DJ Paul” Beauregard said in a prepared statement to the newspaper: “Everyone who knew Koop knew he was very funny and the coolest guy ever. He will be missed. We made classics together that'll live on.”
Funeral arrangements were pending.