Hip-hop journalist, lawyer and podcaster Reggie Ossé, better known as Combat Jack, has reportedly died after months of fighting colon cancer. He was 48. He announced his diagnosis in late October via the Twitter account of his podcast, “The Combat Jack Show.”

“In 7 years of podcasting, I’ve never missed an episode. I got hit with some real life shit. I was recently diagnosed with Colon Cancer,” he said. He added that he was rushed to the hospital to undergo “severe surgery.” For the past few months, Ossé has been documenting his procedures on social media with the hashtag #CombatCancer. 

The community shared their condolences on Twitter,

Rest In Power to my brotha Combat Jack. This brotha had so much love and respect for the culture. He was one of the realest dudes in the broadcast game.

most of hip-hop’s historians exist outside institutions, and we lost a vital one today - rip combat jack.

Combat Jack was one of the kindest and most honest people I’ve ever met. He had a heart of gold.
RIP, @Combat_Jack. You are missed.

Rest In Peace to the Legendary Combat Jack. And thank you for everything.

At a loss for words. Rest In Peace to Combat Jack, one of the most incredible individuals I’ve ever known

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