RAPPER August 8 has died at the age of 31.
The star, whose real name is Ray Vom Jacobs, helped write Justin Bieber’s hit “Sorry” and worked as a producer for Def Jam Records.
His sister LaSherry McKinney confirmed his death as she paid tribute to him, praising him for “living a life of abundance.”
She wrote, “He was able to travel the world and touch millions of people while still fulfilling his soul’s purpose as a musician.”
“I’m proud to have a brother who lives on through music and I encourage you all to keep streaming his records and telling everyone how amazing he is.”
The Los Angeles-born singer co-wrote DJ Khaled’s chart-topping I’m The One, as well as Wale and G-Easy’s Fashion Week.
His cause of death was not disclosed.
This was announced by the record label Def Jam in a statement billboard: “The entire Def Jam family mourns the tragic loss of Ray’ Jacobs on August 8th.
“A brilliant songwriter, accomplished musician and artist in a class of its own, August will be remembered as a beloved colleague and friend.
“We extend our deepest condolences to his family and loved ones.”
August 08 was introduced to music by his cousins and together they used Fruit Loops software to create tunes.
Before working with Def Jam, August 08 previously signed with the music company 88rising.
The team described the musician as a “talented genius” in an emotional tribute on social media.
They wrote: “RIP August the kindest and most talented genius you will be missed beyond words.”
“Thank you for being a great mentor and loyal friend over the years.
“We are forever grateful to you and for the joy you brought to every room with every song.
“Your energy, guidance and caring have given us so much inspiration and strength that we will carry on forever.
“Thank you for helping us be brave. We will miss you so much, love you August.”