MC Skibadee has died aged 54.
The news was announced by the family of the legendary MC, who burst onto the scene in the 90s and is widely considered a pioneer of the drum and bass genre.
His eldest said in a statement: “Hello everyone, as Alphonso’s firstborn, I sadly come with sad news to announce that Skibadee has passed away.
“As a family we ask for some privacy but may he rest in peace.”
Many music stars have already paid tribute to Skibadee – whose real name was Alfonso Bondzie – on social media.
Producer DJ Fresh hailed the MC as a “great guy” and a “friend”.
He wrote online, “Can’t believe I’m writing this. RIP @TheRealSkibz MC Skibadee.
“His contribution to Drum and Bass can never be matched. First and foremost he was a great guy who I have always enjoyed spending time with.
“Goodbye old man, we’ll keep your memory alive forever. (sic)”
Elsewhere, Lisa Maffia – who rose to fame as part of So Solid Crew – took to Twitter to pay her own tribute to Skibadee.
She wrote on the microblogging platform, “Not sure what to say! Another trailblazer gone!
“My heart goes out to your beautiful girls, family and friends. DnB finest @therealskibagram I’m sorry to hear this news. Rest well sir #skiba #RIP (sic)”
Meanwhile, the Garage star Plastician hailed Skibadee as “your favorite MC’s favorite MC”.
He added: “I think that’s the first person I’ve ever heard MC, and I’m sure it would be the same for a lot of people my age.
“I can’t underestimate the foundation this guy has built for everything we’ve had since.”