Popa Wu, a mentor to the Wu-Tang Clan, has passed away, according to Okayplayer. It’s currently unclear how Popa Wu passed away or exactly when.
He was 63-years-old and Wu-Tang Clan members, Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, U-God as well as Jimmy Kang, vice-president of Wu-Tang Management have taken to social media to express their condolences.
Pete Rock and DJ Premier have also commented on Popa Wu’s passing, among others.
“R.I.P. Papa Wu to one of the greatest inspiring person that has embraced me in the family and taught me the knowledge. Heaven awaits you,” Kang wrote on Twitter.
“RIP to the one and only PAPA WU. Our sincerest condolences go out to the entire family,” U-God tweeted.
Popa Wu appeared on various Wu-Tang Clan songs. However, he was more of a spiritual guide than a rapper.
Raekwon’s “North Star” was the first track that Popa Wu appeared on from Raekwon’s debut album Only Built 4 Cuban Linx.
Popa Wu made additional appearances on songs, via spoken-word. He also appeared on Ghostface Killah’s “Black Jesus” and “All That I Got Is You” from Killah’s debut album Ironman.
Check out what artists and others have said on social media regarding Popa Wu below.