UTFO Rapper Was 55 – Deadline

Kangol Kid, the rapper who was part of the influential hip-hop group UTFO, died Saturday morning in a Long Island hospital after a battle with colon cancer, his publicist Lion Lindwedel has confirmed to the New York Times. He was 55.

Kid was born Shaun Shiller Fequiere in Brooklyn on August 10, 1966, and rose to fame in the 1980s as part of the group known as the Untouchable Force Organization. Between 1985 and 1991 they released albums including: UTFO, Skeezer Pleezer, Deadly, Do it! and Bag It & Bone It, finding hits in singles like “Roxanne, Roxanne” and “Ya Cold Wanna Be with Me.”

Kid earned his nickname given his penchant for wearing Kangol hats – later signing a sponsorship deal with the company. After his time at UTFO, he would write and produce for the rap group Whistle and other artists.

Kangol Kid was also known for his efforts to raise awareness of breast cancer through his charity, the Mama Luke Foundation, making him the first rapper to be honored by the American Cancer Society in 2012.

Plans for a memorial have not yet been announced.

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