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BankHank1Hip Hop mourns the loss of one it’s one.

One of the pioneer groups in Hip Hop, has lost one of its own. Henry “Big BankHank” Jackson, one-third of the veteran SugarHill gang, died early today (Nov 11) morning at the age of 57.

Fox News reported, Hank died from kidney complications due to cancer. He reportedly passed away in New York City around 2 a.m.

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His group mates Wonder Mike and Master Gee expressed their condolences. “So sad to hear of our brother’s passing. Rest in peace Big Bank,” they said in a statement.

Hank and Sugarhill Gang helped take rap mainstream with their 1979 hit “Rapper’s Delight,” which became the first rap single to become a Top 40 hit. They released four studio albums including their 1980 self-titled debut.

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The hip-hop community took to Twitter to mourn Hank’s loss. “RIP BIG BANK HANK!! A HIP HOP LEGEND,” tweeted Lil Jon, while Funkmaster Flex added, “Rest in peace… Big Bank Hank.”