RAPPER Kangol Kid of the Brooklyn-based group UTFO passed away after a battle with colon cancer.
His wife, Tajiri Swindell, posted a tribute to the late musician on her Instagram profile.
Who is Kangol Kid’s wife Tajiri Swindell?
Not much is publicly known about Kangol Kid’s wife, Tajiri Swindell.
It is unclear as to when they were married, or how they got together.
The two have one child together, a daughter named Amancia.
According to Tajiri’s LinkedIn profile, she’s a correction officer in New York and earned a Master’s of Science in 2020.
She regularly uploads photos of Kangol and their child to her Instagram profile, where she also left a tribute to her late beau.
“We have been through so much together more than most would in 100 years…you were perfect to me , no matter what you made sure I knew you loved me and I will love you for the rest of my life 🎉” she wrote, alongside a set of broken heart emojis.
Kangol Kid passed away on December 18, 2021 at the age of 55.
He was previously married to a woman named Christine.
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Who was Kangol Kid?
Born on August 10, 1966, Kangol Kid’s real name is Shaun Shiller Fequiere.
At the age of 17, Kangol signed to his first record deal. In the early 1980s, Kangol and his friends founded a breakdance and hip-hop group known as UTFO.
Their breakout single, Roxanne Roxanne, helped to bring the group to prominence in 1984.
By 1988, UTFO had earned the title of Best Rap Group at the Urban Music Awards, performed on Soul Train, and opened for Hall & Oates.
Kangol Kid earned his nickname as a teenager in his Brooklyn neighborhood, as he oftentimes wore Kangol-brand hats. He ended up being the first hip-hop artist to endorse a product through this sponsorship.
After UTFO came to an end, Kangol went on to write songs for other musicians and became the manager and producer for rap group Whistle.
He gave back to the community by touring high schools and teaching kids about the music industry, and was honored by the American Cancer Society in 2012.
What was Kangol Kid’s cause of death?
While it is unclear how long Kangol had been battling colon cancer, he was hospitalized for the few weeks leading up to his death.
A number of stars paid him a visit while he was in the hospital, including rappers Snoop Dogg and LL Cool J. Other stars included Anthony Anderson and Donny Osmond.
Tributes for the late rapper have been pouring in across social media since the news of his death was released.
Tributes have poured in from around the world honoring Kangol Kid.
Rapper Ice-T wrote via Twitter: “Wow… I’m waking up to this awful news.. I spoke on Kangol’s fight with CANCER a couple of weeks ago.. He was a good friend and a True HipHop Legend.. My sincere condolences to his family… Life is Precious and Fragile.. RIP #UTFO”
“KANGOL KID COULD WRITE THE SONG, ARRANGE THE VOCALS, PRODUCE THE SONG, PLAY THE KEYS, DO BACKGROUND VOCALS, WRITE RHYMES & IF NEED BE? DO CHOREOGRAPHY ON TOP OF IT ALL,” tweeted music journalist and author Dart Adams.
“We lost a trailblazer, pioneer, change agent & a true legend in music.”
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