Kottonmouth Kings Rapper Saint Dog Dies Aged 44 | 22 Words

Tragic news has reached us today that Kottonmouth Kings rapper Saint Dog has passed away aged just forty-four.

The news of the death of the musician, real name Steven Thronson, was confirmed in a statement by Kevin Zinger, executive for Kottonmouth Kings’ record label Suburban Noize.

And tributes have since come pouring in online for the star.

For those who don't know, Kottonmouth Kings were a hip-hop/punk trio formed in 1994.

And comprised of Saint Dog, D-Loc, and Johnny Richter.

Steven left the band in 1999 after 3 albums...

But returned in 2015 for the group’s thirteenth release, Ganja Farm.

The news of his death has left fans devastated.

Kevin Zinger said in a statement to TMZ: "Anyone that knew Steve saw what a big heart he had."

He continued.

"Some of my fondest memories was watching Steve stop the music in the middle of a Kottonmouth Kings show to bring a handicapped fan in a wheelchair on stage so that he could have a better view of the show and even join in singing a few songs."

He went on to praise how kind Steven was...

"That was just the kind of person Steve was and he touched so many people in a positive way. "His legacy will live on in his music and our hearts go out to his Son Max and his entire family, friends, and fans worldwide."

According to Metro, Steven was found early Wednesday morning in the bedroom of a friend’s house in Victorville, California.

He was pronounced dead at the scene by emergency services.

His death is not being treated as suspicious.

An autopsy is due to take place to determine his cause of death.

Rest in Peace, Steven.

Our thoughts go out to his friends and family at this difficult time. For more on stars we've tragically lost this year, scroll on.