Legendary rapper MF DOOM, known for his masked “super villain” persona, passed away on October 31 at age 49. His wife Jasmine Dumile revealed the iconic British-born rapper’s death on Instagram on December 31, nearly two months after his passing.
Dumile posted an Instagram message to her husband, real name Daniel Dumile, with the New Year’s Eve revelation.
The greatest husband, father, teacher, student, business partner, lover and friend I could ever ask for. Thank you for all the things you have shown, taught and given to me, our children and our family. Thank you for teaching me how to forgive beings and give another chance, not to be so quick to judge and write off. Thank you for showing how not to be afraid to love and be the best person I could ever be. My world will never be the same without you.Jasmine Dumile
While no official cause of death was disclosed, people claiming to know him are publicly saying on social media that it was suicide. The rapper allegedly fell into a deep depression after the death of his beloved 14-year-old son King Malachi Ezekiel Dumile and never recovered.
His wife’s Instagram post also addressed the tragic death of the couple’s son Malachi in 2017.
Words will never express what you and Malachi mean to me. I love both and adore you always.Jasmine Dumile
MF DOOM announced his son’s death on December 18, 2017, writing:
KING MALACHI EZEKIEL DUMILE 2/22/03 – 12/18/17 The greatest son one could ask for. Safe journey and may all our ancestors greet you with open arms. One of our greatest inspirations. Thank you for allowing us to be your parents. Love you, Mali.MF DOOM
The Hip-Hop world reacted in shock to the news. Tributes poured in for MF DOOM on social media from fellow rappers including Questlove, DJ Premier, Tyler the Creator, Q-Tip from A Tribe Called Quest and Jay Electronica.