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Biggie Smalls once rapped, "It don't make sense / Goin' to Heaven with the goodie goodies / Dressed in white / I like black Timbs and black hoodies." Biggie, we hope that wherever you and these other dead rappers end up in the afterlife, you're allowed to wear your Timberland boots. Over the years, several successful rappers have died before their time due to murder, natural causes, and a variety of other reasons. Some rappers were shot and killed, while other died from complications with cancer. Several famous rappers also died after suffering heart attacks.

Who is the most famous rapper who has died? Tupac Shakur tops our list. Tupac Shakur died on September 13, 1996, at age 25, after being shot in Las Vegas a few days earlier. His murder remains unsolved to this day. The Notorious B.I.G., who many believe was involved with Tupac's death, died on March 9, 1997, at age 24, after being shot in an SUV. As with Pac, Biggie's murder is also unsolved.

Several famous rappers have died after losing their battles with cancer. Adam Yauch, AKA MCA from the Beastie Boys, died on May 4, 2012, at age 47, after succumbing to a cancerous parotid gland and a lymph node. Guru died on April 19, 2010, at age 48, due to cancer. Guru is best known for being a part of the duo Gang Starr with DJ Premier. 

Are you surprised that so many rappers have died? Pour one out for your homies.

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Tupac Shakur is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Rappers Who Died Young
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Tupac Shakur died on September 13, 1996, at age 25, after being shot in Las Vegas a few days earlier.

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Age: Dec. at 25 (1971-1996)

Birthplace: East Harlem, New York City, New York, United States of America

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Adam Yauch is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Rappers Who Died Young
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Adam Yauch, AKA MCA from the Beastie Boys, died on May 4, 2012, at age 47, after succumbing to a cancerous parotid gland and a lymph node.

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Age: Dec. at 48 (1964-2012)

Birthplace: Brooklyn Heights, New York City, New York, United States of America

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Eazy-E is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Rappers Who Died Young
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Eazy-E died on March 26, 1995, at age 31, due to complications with AIDS.

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Age: Dec. at 32 (1963-1995)

Birthplace: Compton, California, United States of America

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Lisa Lopes is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Rappers Who Died Young
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Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes died on April 25, 2002, at age 30, after being involved in a deadly car accident in Honduras.

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Age: Dec. at 31 (1971-2002)

Birthplace: USA, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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