Poor Righteous Teachers Dj and producer Father Shaheed has been killed in a motorcycle accident.
News of the star's death first surfaced online early on Monday (26May14) when fellow hip-hop veterans Public Enemy shared a message of condolence on their Facebook.com page.
The note read, "The Pe family sends condolences out to the family and friends of Dj Father Shaheed from Poor Righteous Teachers, who was tragically killed in a motorcycle accident."
Further details about when and where the incident took place have yet to be revealed.
Shaheed rose to prominence with New Jersey rap trio Poor Righteous Teachers in the late 1980s and the group scored its biggest hit in 1990 with the release of Rock Dis Funky Joint.
The Dj's bandmates, Wise Intelligent and Culture Freedom, have yet to comment on his passing.
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