August 08, a singer and producer with Def Jam Recordings, died Wednesday.
He was 31.
The musician – who also performed under the moniker August Grant – also wrote the song Fashion Week by Wale and G-Easy.
His death was confirmed by his former record label 88rising and an Instagram post by his family, though no cause of death was given.
The Los Angeles-born artist was introduced to music by his cousins, who all used the software Fruity Loops to record music.
August 08, a singer and producer with Def Jam Recordings, died Wednesday. He was 31
Born Ray Davon Jacobs, he was best known for co-writing the DJ Khaled hit I’m the One featuring Justin Bieber , Chance the Rapper , Quavo and Lil Wayne , and Bieber’s solo hit Sorry
‘It is with great sadness that we mourn the loss of Ray Jacobs, also known as AUGUST 08,’ 88rising’s statement began.
‘RIP August the kindest and most talented genius you will be missed beyond words,’ the statement added.
‘Thank you for being an amazing mentor and a steadfast friend through all these years,’ the statement continued.
‘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,’ the label added.
‘Thank you for helping us be brave. We will miss you so much, love you August,’ they concluded.
The musician’s sister, LaSherry “Joy” McKinney, shared a message from her mother, which stated, ‘It’s with our deepest sorrow that we announce the death of our beloved son, brother, uncle, singer, songwriter and mentor… Ray Davon Jacobs… also known as August 08.’
‘He will continue to blossom and spread his love through music. With love, August’s mom Mena,’ the message concluded.
LaSherry shared a message herself in the caption, adding, ‘As we all try to press through understand that we all come here to serve a soul purpose.’
His death was confirmed by his former record label 88rising and an Instagram post by his family, though no cause of death was given
‘RIP August the kindest and most talented genius you will be missed beyond words,’ the statement said. ‘We are forever grateful to you and the joy you brought in every room’
‘I find comfort in knowing that my brother lived a full life of abundance,’ she added in the statement.
‘He was able to travel the world, and touch millions of people while fulfilling his soul purpose as a musician,’ she said.
‘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,’ she added.
’08/08 = infinity. I give thanks to you all for the calls, text, and prayers. Please keep us uplifted. Abundantly, Blackie,’ she concluded.