Three 6 Mafia rapper Robert 'Koopsta Knicca' Phillips dies

Three 6 Mafia rapper Robert 'Koopsta Knicca' Phillips dies
(Source: Facebook)
(Source: Facebook)

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Memphis rapper Robert "Koopsta Knicca" Phillips has died. He was 40 years old.

Phillips was a member of the Memphis rap group Three 6 Mafia.

According to his Facebook Page, Phillips was on life support due to an aneurysm. He later died Friday.

Three 6 Mafia started as an independent, Memphis-based rap group in the mid-1990s and went on to place multiple albums on the Billboard charts. They also won an Oscar for the song It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp, featured on the soundtrack of the 2005 film Hustle & Flow.

The group rebranded itself as Da Mafia 6ix on its 2015 album, Watch What U Wish. It featured a revolving cast of performers over the years alongside rappers/producers Juicy J and DJ Paul.

Juicy J took to social media to share his prayers.

Phillips is the second member of Three 6 Mafia to die in two years. Ricky Dunigan, known as Lord Infamous, died in December 2013.

"To all who are concerned Robert Cooper Phillips aka Koopsta Knicca has officially left us all. This is a great lost to us all. We will continue to keep him alive with his music," a page administrator to Phillips' Facebook page said.

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