Rap music veteran Hurricane G has died at the age of 52, heartbroken friends said today.
The hip hop icon – real name Gloria Rodriguez – recorded with stars including Diddy and Redman in a career stretching back over 30 years, The US Sun reports.
Domingo Padilla, who produced her 1997 solo album All Woman, shared his condolences on Instagram.
He said: “RIP to my good friend Hurricane G.
“Really sad news to get. I was blessed to know her and produced her her debut album.
“God bless her family and daughter.”
Rapper and producer Erick Sermon – the father of Gloria’s daughter – also spoke of his shock.
He said: “My heart is hardened today. One of my good friends…. my oldest daughter’s mother passed away today.
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“#HURRICANEGLORIA was also a legend in her own right in the Hiphop community. One of the first Puerto Rican female rappers, she paved the way.
“She will be missed all around the world. I can’t believe this. Pray for us. Beautiful blessings.
“She was a beautiful person, a wonderful mother as real as they come. We love u G.”
Gloria Rodriguez was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1970.
She first came to prominence as a member of Def Squad and was memorably heard on the intro to Redman’s 1992 hit Tonight’s Da Night.
Hurricane G also made guest appearances on albums by Keith Murray, Xzibit, Delinquent Habits, Funkdoobiest and the Cocoa Brovaz.
Her 1997 solo single Somebody Else, from her debut album All Woman, reached the top ten of the Hot Rap singles chart.
And she featured on Diddy’s track PE 2000 from his 1999 album Forever.
Hurricane G’s last album Mami & Papi was released in 2013.
There are no more details yet on her cause of death yesterday.
News of Gloria’s death came on the same day the hip hop world was already mourning New Jersey rapper Tame One, aka Tamer Dizzle.
The Artifacts star, 52 – born Rahem Brown – died on Sunday evening, reportedly after taking a cocktail of prescription and recreational drugs.
His mother Darlene Brown Harris said on Facebook: “The medical examiner says the six pharmaceutical drugs that Trinitas hospital prescribed to him last Friday, combined with the weed he smoked over this weekend…his heart simply gave out.
“I will not be responding to all the posts for a bit, but the hardest words I will ever post or say is, my son, my heart, is dead.”
Tame One and Hurricane G both feature in the video for Redman’s Tonight’s Da Night.
This story appeared in the US Sun and has been reproduced with permission.