The hip-hop world was shattered Saturday over the death of Brooklyn rapper Sean Price.


Price, 43, died in his sleep at his home in Brownsville, his music company said.

“It is with beyond a heavy heart that Duck Down Music is sadly confirming that Sean Price passed away early this morning,” a spokesman said. “The cause of death is currently unknown ...He’s survived by his wife, and his three children.”

Price, who was born in Brownsville, hit big in the 1990s and was a member of various groups through the years: Heltah Skeltah, Boot Camp Clik and Random. He was also know as "Ruckus" or "Ruck.."

A new solo album, via the Duck Down collective, is due out in less than two weeks, on Aug. 21, called Songs in the Key of Price.

While Price never became the superstar that another Brownsville son, Jay-Z, did. he was hugely respected for his lyrics, for mentoring other rappers, and for being a dedicated dad to his children.

The rap world was stunned by his passing and posted their tributes on social media.

"Sean Price went from being a childhood hero of mine to a great friend. He was the most competitive MC I've ever met & kept me on my game," Talib Kweli tweeted.

Fans also grieved and set up a makeshift sidewalk memorial with flowers and candles outside his Brownsville home.

Poignantly, one of Price's final tweets was this: "I'm going fishing Sunday at sheepshead bay I did it last week it was relaxing."

R.I.P. Ruck....Love and Respect to The Duck Down Family!!! #SeanPrice

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John A. Oswald is editor-at-large at Metro and can be found on Twitter@nyc_oz.
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