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Rapper T-Pain is dead

American rapper, singer, songwriter and record producer Faheem Rashad Najm, better known by his stage name T-Pain has died at 31, wife Amber Najm told USANEWS Saturday afternoon.

Amber Najm said T-Pain died after a brief illness on Saturday.

Amber, who married T-Pain in 2003 said the rapper was rushed to hospital after complaining of severe chest pains.

In a tweet, Rick Ross expressed his T-Pain’s demise as “very sudden and shocking”.

“Very Sudden and Shocking. We gonna miss you. RIP T-Pain” – Rick Ross

His stage name is short for “Tallahassee Pain”, and was chosen because of the hardships he experienced while living in Tallahassee, Florida. Najm was brought up in a Muslim household, but he expressed his lack of interest in the concept of religion.

At just three years old he got his first taste of the music business when a friend of the family, gospel jazz artist/producer Ben Tankard, allowed him to spend time and “twist the knobs” at his recording studio. At age ten, Najm turned his bedroom into a music studio, using a keyboard, a beat machine and a four-track recorder.

His debut album, Rappa Ternt Sanga, was released in 2005. In 2007, T-Pain released his second album Epiphany, which reached number one on the US Billboard 200 chart. His third album, Thr33 Ringz, was released in 2008. T-Pain has also released a string of hit singles, including “I’m Sprung”, “I’m ‘n Luv (Wit a Stripper)”, “Buy U a Drank (Shawty Snappin’)”, “Bartender”, “Can’t Believe It”, “5 O’Clock” and more. T-Pain has earned two Grammy Awards, alongside artists Kanye West and Jamie Foxx respectively.

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