RAPPER August 08 has died at the age of 31.
The star, real name Ray Davon Jacobs, helped pen 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, hailing him for “living a life full of abundance”.
She wrote: “He was able to travel the world, and touch millions of people while fulfilling his soul purpose as a musician.
“I am proud to have a brother who lives on through music, and I encourage you all to keep streaming his records and telling everyone how great he is.”
The singer, from Los Angeles, co-wrote DJ Khaled’s chart-topper I’m The One as well as Fashion Week by Wale and G-Easy.
His cause of death has not been revealed.
Record label Def Jam said in a statement to Billboard: “The entire Def Jam family mourns the tragic loss of Ray’ August 08′ Jacobs.
“A brilliant songwriter, an accomplished musician and a singular artist, August will remain in our memory as a beloved colleague and friend.
“We extend our deepest sympathies to his family and loved ones.”
August 08 was introduced to music by his cousins, and together they would use the software Fruit Loops to create tunes.
Before working with Def Jam, August 08 previously signed with 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 an amazing mentor and a steadfast friend through all these years.
“We are forever grateful to you and the joy you brought in every room, through every song.
“Your energy, guidance and care gave so much inspiration and strength that will be carried on always.
“Thank you for helping us be brave. We will miss you so much, love you August.”