Sugarhill Gang Member Joseph Robinson Has Lost His Battle With Cancer At The Age Of 53.
The rapper and Sugar Hill Records executive had been hospitalised at a Teaneck, New Jersey medical centre since May (15), but on Friday (10Jul15), he was released and taken home to Tenafly, where he peacefully died on Saturday (11Jul15).
Robinson was the son of Sugar Hill Records co-founders Sylvia and Joseph Robinson Sr., and one of the heirs to his parents' hip-hop empire.
He served as the executor of the Sugarhill Music Publishing estate, handling royalties and music publishing for the label, working with top artists such as Jay Z, Justin Timberlake and Kanye West over the years.
In 1985, he joined the famed Sugarhill Gang, replacing member Guy O’Brien. Robinson toured with former and current members of the group, such as Warren Moore, Kent 'Poochie' Laird, and Henry 'Big Bank Hank' Jackson, who also passed away from cancer last year (14).