Famed and pioneering Hip Hop icon Combat Jack, who was a former top editor of groundbreaking The Source magazine, and became one of the earliest and most influential podcasters in Urban and Hip Hop culture, has passed away. He was just 48 years old.
Combat Jack, birth name Reggie Ossé, reportedly died of colon cancer today.
Condolences poured in on social media as shocked fans and peers of the man behind one of the earliest and most popular Hip Hop podcasts reacted in shock and sadness to Combat Jack’s death.
RIP @Combat_Jack, never met anyone as genuine as him.
— 40 (@40oz_VAN) December 20, 2017
After I left BET, Combat Jack was one of the first people to call knowing how disgusted I was with the industry & said “Hip Hop needs your voice.” I never forgot those words. What he meant to me is a mere fraction of what he meant to his close friends and family. He’ll be missed.
— Andreas Hale (@AndreasHale) December 20, 2017
Oh no. Not #CombatJack.
— #TenureTrackHustle (@meredithdclark) December 20, 2017
Hip Hop has lost one of its most important historians and voices… we had serious ups and downs but I was so happy we had made things good… Rest In Peace to my friend Combat Jack….
— Peter Rosenberg (@Rosenbergradio) December 20, 2017