Sugarhill Gang rapper Big Bank Hank passed away Tuesday morning after a battle with cancer. He was 57.
The rapper, whose real name is Henry Jackson, died at approximately 2 a.m. in New York City.
The South Bronx native was one of the three members of the famous rap group recognized for the 1979 hit "Rapper's Delight.”
"So sad to hear of our brother's passing. Rest in peace Big Bank,” his group members Wonder Mike and Master Gee told TMZ.
Several hip-hop stars took to Twitter to remember the rap veteran.
Rip Rap Legend Big Bank Hank of the SugarHill gang
— juicy j (@therealjuicyj) November 11, 2014
RIP Big Bank Hank of the Sugarhill Gang #pioneer
— QTip (@QtipTheAbstract) November 11, 2014
R.I.P. Big Bank Hank. One third of the song that made all of this Hip Hop Music possible. Thanx for opening the door. http://t.co/yrXx9dBo8M
— Dark Gable (@bigdaddykane) November 11, 2014
Respect. Prayers up. God Bless. RT @Combat_Jack: RIP Big Bank Hank Aug. 5 1957 - Nov. 11 2014
— Bun B (@BunBTrillOG) November 11, 2014
Rest in peace... Big Bank Hank... Hip hop pioneer dies of Cancer .... Legend... Sugarhill gang August… http://t.co/RD7qo2KG4C
— Funk Flex !!!!! (@funkflex) November 11, 2014
#RIP Big Bank Hank from Sugarhill Gang.. Rest In Power.. Hip Hop Legend.. OG'z paved the way..
— KXNG CROOKED (@CrookedIntriago) November 11, 2014
Rest In Peace Big Bank Hank #SugarHillGang
— M.E.D. (@meda4ox) November 11, 2014