Rapper Magoo, Timbaland’s former collaborator, has died.
Recording artist Digital Black confirmed Magoo’s passing in an Instagram post, writing, “Man can’t believe this RIH Magoo damn big bro wasnt ready for this at all.” Digital accompanied his message with a cover of Magoo (real name Melvin Barcliff) and Timbaland’s 1997 album “Welcome To Our World.”
Magoo’s cause of death was not disclosed, nor were the details about the circumstances surrounding it. Many of his famous friends took to social media to share their condolences. Singer Ginuwine lamented ‘time was short.’ ‘I don’t even know how to say anything at this point, I have lost 3 friends now within a month to LIFE and it’s due date. Ginuwine went on, “This dude, always pushed me …I will mis you maganooo that’s what we called him ….. totally one of the best ever in my eyes always pressing forward I know we didn’t talk a lot but the love was and will be always there my brotha.”
Musician ORyan Omri Browner wrote, “Damn rest in heaven Mag a nu.” Rapper Mr. Dalvin added, “He was such a good guy.” Timbaland has not yet addressed his old pal’s death.
Magoo was 50 years old.