"Yo! MTV Raps" co-creator Peter Dougherty is dead at 59 after a fatal heart attack, Billboard reports. Dougherty, along with Ted Demme, premiered "Yo! MTV Raps" in 1988, the music channel's first hip-hop show.

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A two-hour program, the show was a mix of rap music videos and interviews and helped legitimize hip-hop music on the influencial channel. The show was syndicated on MTV Europe, MTV Asia and MTV Latino, helping spread popular hip-hop music all over the world.

Dougherty was a New York native and died in his home in Hastings-Hudson, N.Y., the New York Times reports.Click here to read his full obituary. 

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