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Whodini's John 'Ecstasy' Fletcher Dead At 56

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Whodini's John "Ecstasy" Fletcher has died at the age of 56. The cause of death was not revealed.

Roots drummer Questlove was the first to break the news on Wednesday, December 23, via a social-media post paying tribute to the veteran rapper.

"One love to Ecstasy of the legendary #Whodini," he wrote. "This man was legendary and a pivotal member of one of the most legendary groups in hip hop. This is sad man."

The New York-based Whodini are best known for hip-hop classics like "Friends" and "Freaks Come Out at Night," both from the 1984 LP, Escape. The album was certified platinum in 1987 and peaked at No. 35 on the all-genre Billboard 200.

"The African and Native American ancestors have gathered around and chosen this day, during the Winter Solstice, Dec 23rd, 2020 to call upon a most endeared, generous, and sincere soul who graced The World's heart through performance, hip-hop, family, children and grandchildren," Fletcher's family shared in a statement to Billboard.

"Whodini set a hip-hop course of legendary status that we are all sure to pass on to our grandchildren," the statement added. "Please send love and prayers to our family, and with open hearts we ask the ancestors to cover his soul in peace and tranquility. Play his music if it moves you, and know he'll be hearing you on his way home this day, Dec 23rd."

(Photo: Brett Hammond)

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