Combat Jack, an icon in the hip-hop community, has died after a battle with colon cancer.
Combat hosted his own immensely popular podcast where interviewed huge music celebs like Damon Dash, NORE, Just Blaze and others. Combat’s real name was Reggie Osse, and he came up in the biz as a lawyer at Def Jam Records during its ’90s heyday.
Ossé announced in October that he’d recently been diagnosed with colon cancer and was undergoing surgery, which prevented him from recording an episode of The Combat Jack Show for the first time in seven years.
“In 7 years of podcasting, I’ve never missed an episode,” he wrote. “I got hit with some real life shit. I was recently diagnosed with Colon Cancer. I was rushed to the hospital, had some pretty severe surgery,” he continued. “I’m on the mend right now. I’m about to jump on this journey to health with chemo and alternative medicine. “Take care of your health,” he told his fans. “Your boy aint going nowhere though. We’re going to keep doing this. Keep rocking’ with us.”
— Combat Jack Show (@CombatJackShow) October 23, 2017
He posted a video of himself in the hospital … talking to LL Cool J, who had called with well wishes.
#CombatCancer was trending after his announcement. Upon hearing the news of Ossé’s passing, many Hip Hop media personalities and artists shared their memories.
R.I.P. to the legend @Combat_Jack. Great, great guy.
life is short.
— Andrew Barber (@fakeshoredrive) December 20, 2017
— DJ Whoo Kid (@DJWhooKid) December 20, 2017
Rest in peace Combat Jack.
— Alchemist (@Alchemist) December 20, 2017
Tributes are pouring at the news of his passing. Combat was 48.