A rapper who rose to fame in the 1990s as a member of Tupac Shakur’s group The Outlawz has died in a car crash.
Hussein Fatal, born Bruce Washington, Jr., died in a car crash on Saturday, July 11. He was 38 years old.
His death was confirmed on social media by others in The Outlawz.
“Rest in Paradise our brother Hussein Fatal he passed away in a car accident,” the rap group wrote on Twitter. Posts also asked followers to pray for his family and children.
Funeral expenses for the rapper’s unexpected death pose a financial hardship on his family, said the group, and they launched a GoFundMe page to cover the costs. In just one day, the page has raised more than $10,000 to help his family with funeral and living expenses.
Fatal, who was born in Montclair, NJ, changed his name after converting to Islam.
Details of the car crash have not yet been released. According to national statistics, more than half of all road crash deaths involve drivers, passengers, or pedestrians between the ages of 15 and 44, like Fatal.
Fatal had been featured on the 1996 hit “Hit ‘Em Up,” in addition to rapping on “All About U” and “When We Ride.” The Outlawz continued to make music after Shakur’s death in 1996; the group’s most recent album, Perfect Timing, was released in 2011.
Fatal also released four solo albums between 1998 and 2013 and 18 mixtapes during his career.
Fellow group member Mutah “Napoleon” Beale took to Facebook to mourn the rapper’s death, saying, “He was my old group member and friend for over 20 years and he will be missed. Death comes sudden [without] warning and we ask Allah to give us a good ending.”
Other stars, including Talib Kweli, Juicy J, and Rosie Perez also expressed their condolences on social media.