On Wednesday (Dec. 20), renowned hip-hop-lawyer-turned-podcaster, Reggie Ossé (a.k.a. Combat Jack) died following a fight with colon cancer, according to Hot 97. He was 48.
In October, Jack publicly announced his cancer through a statement posted on Twitter. “In [seven] years of podcasting, I’ve never missed an episode,” Ossé explained after missing his first episode of The Combat Jack Showsince its inception. “I got hit with some real life sh*t. I was recently diagnosed with Colon Cancer.”
Jack later revealed that he was rushed to the hospital for "pretty severe surgery" and that he was going to take on chemotherapy. "I'm about to jump on this journey to health with chemo and alternative medicine. Take care of your health. Your boy ain’t going nowhere though. We’re gonna keep doing this. Keep rocking with us," he said reassuringly.
Dubbed the "undisputed #1 HipHop podcast," The Combat Jack Show dove into an array of hard-hitting topics including "music, news, culture, and race." Throughout the history of the podcast, Jack nabbed interviews with the likes of Russell Simmons, Chuck D, Damon Dash, RZA, Scarface, D-Nice and many more.
"Hip Hop has lost one of its most important historians and voices... we had serious ups and downs but I was so happy we had made things good... Rest In Peace to my friend Combat Jack," tweeted Hot 97 morning host Peter Rosenberg.
Billboard has reached out to Jack's reps for comment.