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The Notorious B.I.G. once rapped, "I wonder if I died / Would tears come to her eyes / Forgive me for my disrespect / Forgive me for my lies." Biggie, we forgive you. Several famous rappers and hip-hop stars have unfortunately passed away. This list ranks the best of them. Some of these musicians were shot during an illegal activity, while others died of natural causes. Two famous rappers are suspected to have died in conjunction with the East/West rap rivalry of the 1990s.

Who is the best rapper who is already dead? Tupac Shakur tops our list. Tupac died on September 13, 1996 after being shot in Las Vegas. He was 25 years old. The Notorious B.I.G. died on March 9, 1997 after being murdered in a drive-by shooting in Los Angeles. Though many believe that his death was retaliation for the murder of Tupac, no arrests have been made in correlation with either murder. 

Adam Yauch, aka, MCA of the Beastie Boys, died on May 4, 2012 after a three year battle with cancer. He was 47 years old. On August 25, 2001, Aaliyah was killed, along with eight others, when her flight to the Bahamas crashed shortly after takeoff. She was 22 years old.

Are you surprised that so many famous rappers have died? Take a look at this list and share your thoughts in the comments section.
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Tupac Shakur is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Rappers Who Are Already Dead
Tupac Shakur All Eyez on Me, Me Against the World, The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory Tupac Shakur died on September 13, 1996 after being shot in Las Vegas. He was 25 years old.

The Greatest White Rappers of All Time The Best East Coast Rappers of All Time

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The Notorious B.I.G. is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Rappers Who Are Already Dead
The Notorious B.I.G. Ready to Die, Life After Death, Born Again The Notorious B.I.G. died on March 9, 1997 after being shot in a drive-by shooting in Los Angeles. Many believe that his death was a retaliation for Tupac's death in their ongoing East Coast/West Coast rivalry. 

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Eazy-E is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Rappers Who Are Already Dead
Eazy-E Eazy-Duz-It, It’s On (Dr. Dre) 187um Killa, Eternal E In 1995, NWA rapper Eazy-E was diagnosed with AIDS when he went to the hospital to treat what he thought was asthma. He died from complications from AIDS less than a month later.

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Big L is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Rappers Who Are Already Dead
r-a-menizz added Big L The Big Picture, Lifestylez ov da Poor & Dangerous, Children of the Corn: The Collector's Edition

On February 15, 1999, Big L was killed in his native Harlem after being shot nine times in the face and chest in a drive-by shooting. 

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741 254
Big Pun is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Rappers Who Are Already Dead
Big Pun Capital Punishment, Yeeeah Baby, Endangered Species Big Pun died on February 7, 2000 after suffering a fatal heart attack in New York. He struggled with maintaining a healthy weight for much of his life.

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Ol' Dirty Bastard is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Rappers Who Are Already Dead
Ol' Dirty Bastard Return to the 36 Chambers: The Dirty Version, The Trials and Tribulations of Russell Jones, Ghetto Supastar (That Is What You Are) Ol' Dirty Bastard died on November 13, 2004 from a drug overdose at the age of 35.

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Nate Dogg is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Rappers Who Are Already Dead
Nate Dogg Music & Me, Welcome To The Dogg House, G-Funk Classics Nate Dogg died March 15, 2011 due to complications with multiple strokes. He was 41 years old.

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451 210
Proof is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Rappers Who Are Already Dead
Proof Searching for Jerry Garcia, Grown Man Shit, I Miss the Hip Hop Shop Proof was shot and killed in Detroit on April 11, 2006. He was 32 years old.

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J Dilla is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Rappers Who Are Already Dead
J Dilla Donuts, The Shining, Jay Stay Paid J Dilla died as the result of a blood disease on February 10, 2006.

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374 171
Guru is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Rappers Who Are Already Dead
Guru Jazzmatazz, Volume 1, Guru's Jazzmatazz Guru died on April 19, 2010 after falling into a coma after having surgery due to cardiac arrest.

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Mac Dre is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Rappers Who Are Already Dead
RichardBeecher added Mac Dre The Genie of the Lamp, Don't Hate The Player, Hate The Game

On November 1, 2004, Mac Dre died in a drive by shooting.

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215 106
Capital STEEZ is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Rappers Who Are Already Dead
Carlos Antonio Navarro Aguirre added Capital STEEZ King Steelo

On December 23, 2012, Capital STEEZ committed suicide by jumping off the rooftop of Cinematic Music Group headquarters in New York. 

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Aaliyah is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Rappers Who Are Already Dead
Aaliyah Aaliyah, One in a Million, I Care 4 U On August 25, 2001, Aaliyah and eight others were killed when her airplane crashed shortly after takeoff. She was 22 years old. 

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Phife Dawg is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Rappers Who Are Already Dead
Boris Daems added Phife Dawg Ventilation: Da LP, Flawless

On March 22, 2016, Phife Dawg died from complications relating to diabetes at age 45. 

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257 201
Heavy D is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Rappers Who Are Already Dead
Heavy D Vibes, Waterbed Hev, Heavy Heavy D died on November 8, 2011 after experiencing a a pulmonary embolism. He was 44 years old.

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Pimp C is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Rappers Who Are Already Dead
r-a-menizz added Pimp C The Naked Soul of Sweet Jones, Pimpalation, The Sweet James Jones Stories

On December 4, 2007, Pimp C was found dead in his West Hollywood hotel room due to "purple drank" overdose.

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Lisa Lopes is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Rappers Who Are Already Dead
Lisa Lopes Supernova, Eye Legacy, N.I.N.A Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes was involved in a fatal car accident in Honduras on April 25, 2002. A documentary, entitled The Last Days of Left Eye, was made in commemeration.

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Sean Price is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Rappers Who Are Already Dead
openmind added Sean Price Monkey Barz, Jesus Price Supastar, Hood Anthems

On August 8, 2015, Sean Price died in his sleep at age 43 due to unknown reasons. 

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Adam Yauch is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Rappers Who Are Already Dead
Adam Yauch Drum Machine Adam Yauch, aka, MCA of the Beastie Boys, died on May 4, 2012 after a three year battle with cancer. He was 47 years old.

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Soulja Slim is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Rappers Who Are Already Dead
Soulja Slim The Streets Made Me, Years Later... A Few Months After, Years Later Soulja Slim died on November 26, 2003 after being shot four times in New Orleans. He was 26 years old.

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Prodigy is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Rappers Who Are Already Dead
Jay Clayton added Prodigy H.N.I.C., Return of the Mac, H.N.I.C. Pt. 2

Prodigy died June 20 2017 in Las Vegas N.V. at the age of 42 ... he died from a lifelong Battlle with Sickle-Cell Anaemia Disease, the average life expectancy ranges form 40 to 60 for people who suffer of this disease 

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162 141
Eyedea is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Rappers Who Are Already Dead
elimentx3 added Eyedea The Many Faces of Oliver Hart (Or How Eye One the Write Too Think), Afraid to Dream

On October 16, 2010, Eyedea died in his sleep from an accidental drug overdose. 

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133 53
DJ Screw is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Rappers Who Are Already Dead
bigmeth187 added DJ Screw Fallen Soldiers, 3 'n the Mornin': Part Two, Royalty of Rap

On November 16, 2000, DJ Screw died from a codeine overdose inside his Houston recording studio. 

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Jason Mizell is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Rappers Who Are Already Dead
Jason Mizell Jason Mizell, aka, Jam Master Jay, was shot and killed on October 30, 2002. His murder remains unsolved.

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Lil Snupe is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Rappers Who Are Already Dead
Lil Snupe Lil Snupe died after being shot in the chest on June 20, 2013.

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Joe C. is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Rappers Who Are Already Dead
Joe C. Kid Rock associate Joe C. died in his sleep on November 16, 2000. He suffered from coeliac disease which may have caused his dwarfism, which in turn caused a variety of additional medical conditions.

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E Dubble is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Rappers Who Are Already Dead
Jay Clayton added E Dubble His Hop Is Good, Two Tone Rebel, & Freestyle Fridays

E Dubble Died Feb 13 2017 at age 34, he had an infection that statred in his hand and eventually spreaded through out his entire body leading up to his death  

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Chris Kelly is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Rappers Who Are Already Dead
Chris Kelly Chris Kelly died from a drug overdose on May 1, 2013. He had cocaine, heroin and other drugs in his system at the time of his death.

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Stretch is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Rappers Who Are Already Dead
Stretch

On November 30, 1995, Stretch died in a drive by shooting on his way to see The Notorious B.I.G. 

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Freaky Tah is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Rappers Who Are Already Dead
Freaky Tah Freaky Tah died on March 28, 1999. He was shot in the back of the head.

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Camoflauge is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Rappers Who Are Already Dead
Camoflauge Strictly 4 da Streets: Drugs Sex and Violence, Vol. 1, Keepin It Real On May 19, 2003, Camoflauge died after being gunned down. He was only 21 years old.

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Big Moe is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Rappers Who Are Already Dead
Big Moe The Best of Big Moe, City of Syrup, Purple World Big Moe died on October 14, 2007 after suffering a heart attack which left him in a week-long coma.

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Lil Phat is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Rappers Who Are Already Dead
Lil Phat Turn the Beat Up, What's Happenin' On June 7, 2012, Lil Phat died after being shot multiple times outside of a hospital where his son was about to be born.

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Magnolia Shorty is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Rappers Who Are Already Dead
Magnolia Shorty Monkey on tha D$ck Magnolia Shorty died on December 20, 2010 after being shot over 25 times in a drive-by shooting.

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Dolla is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Rappers Who Are Already Dead
Dolla Who the Fuck Is That? Dolla was shot to death on May 18, 2009 at the age of 21.

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Big Bank Hank is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Rappers Who Are Already Dead
Big Bank Hank The Sugarhill Gang rapper Big Bank Hank died on November 11, 2014 from kidney complications due to cancer.

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24 106
MC Trouble is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Rappers Who Are Already Dead
MC Trouble Gotta Get a Grip MC Trouble suffered from epilepsy since birth. On June 4, 1992, she died after experiencing heart failure induced by a seizure.

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DJ Rashad is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Rappers Who Are Already Dead
DJ Rashad Double Cup, Teklife, Volume 1: Welcome to the Chi DJ Rashad died on April 26, 2014 of a drug overdose. He was 34 years old.

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Chinx Drugz is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Rappers Who Are Already Dead
Chinx

On May 17, 2015, Chinx was shot dead in a drive-by shooting. 

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22 107
Camu Tao is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Rappers Who Are Already Dead
Camu Tao Blair Cosby: Cape Cod - Going for De Gold, Blair Cosby's: Cereal Carpens ('97 Season), Blair Cosby II: The Wali Era Camu Tao died from lung cancer on May 25, 2008.