Magoo, Timbaland's longtime collaborator, reportedly died on August 13 at the age of 50.
Digital Black of the group Playa was the first to pay respect to the late rapper on his Instagram page.
“Man can’t believe this RIP Magoo damn big bro wasnt ready for this at all #superfriends [sic],” he wrote in the caption.
Magoo, born Melvin Barcliff, was best known as one half of the hip-hop duo Timbaland & Magoo. Aside from his association with the well-known music producer, he was also associated with Missy Elliot.
The rapper began his career in 1989, when he met Timbaland while they were both teenagers.
Magoo and Timbo were members of a group called SBI (Surrounded By Idiots) during their formative years, which included Larry Live and a then-unknown Pharrell Williams. Timbo was dubbed 'DJ Timmy Tim,' while Pharrell was dubbed 'Magnum the Verb Lord,' according to AllHipHop.
The pair released their debut album, Welcome to Our World, in 1997, which included the breakthrough single Up Jumps Da Boogie.
Throughout their careers, Magoo and Timbaland frequently collaborated with other Swing Mob members such as Missy Elliott, Ginuwine, Playa, and Aaliyah.
No official colleagues have commented on the news, therefore the reason of death remains unknown.
Furthermore, at the time of writing, there had been no word concerning his funeral service.