Rapper John “Ecstasy” Fletcher of Whodini died at the age of 56.
The musician and journalist Questlove broke the news on Wednesday afternoon.
“A love for Ecstasy from the legendary #Whodini,” he said.
“This man was legendary and a key member of one of hip hop’s most legendary groups. This is sad, man. “
Ecstasy formed the Whodini group with Jalil Hutchins in Brooklyn, New York, in 1982, before DJ Grandmaster Dee joined in 1986.
The trio was responsible for the hits “The Haunted House of Rock”, “Friends” and “Freaks Come Out at Night”.
The group received the Hip Hop Icon Award at the third annual Black Music Honors in 2018.
After news of his death, several artists resorted to social media to share their condolences.
Ice Cube posted a photo of the artist, writing: “Thanks Ecstasy for showing us how to do this. REST IN PEACE.”
Rapper Jermaine Dupri shared a video of Fletcher, with the caption: “My God, this one hurts me so much, I can’t believe I’m posting this, Ex you know I love you thanks for every word, every conversation every good moment, that your soul rest in power #whodini q. “
“RIP to Ecstasy from http: //Whodini.one of hip hop’s most underrated voices. Many accesses! Condolences to your family, ”wrote rapper Q-Tip.