UTFO’s Legendary NYC Rapper Kangol Kid Dies At 55

Kangol Kid, a member of the iconic New York hip-hop group UTFO, died on Saturday at the age of 55 after a battle with colon cancer.

The Brooklyn-born rapper, whose real name is Shaun Shiller Fequiere, died peacefully at a hospital in Manhasset, New York, around 3 a.m. Saturday, 10 months after he was first diagnosed, according to a statement from his family.

One of the four members of UTFO, or Untouchable Force Organization, Kid left his mark on the early days of commercial hip-hop with 80s hits such as the highly influential “Roxanne, Roxanne” and “Ya Cold Wanna Be With Me” .

Kid was known for always wearing his popular Kangol headgear, and he was also known for helping raise awareness for cancer both before and after his cancer diagnosis through the Mama Luke Foundation.

Kangol Kid performs at BB King Blues Club & Grill.
Kangol Kid performs at BB King Blues Club & Grill.
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Doctor Ice, Mix Master Ice and Kangol Kid (right) of UTFO pose backstage at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago, Illinois in January 1986.
Doctor Ice, Mix Master Ice and Kangol Kid (right) of UTFO pose backstage at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago, Illinois in January 1986.
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