John "Ecstasy" Fletcher of the rap trio, Whodini, has tragically and "unexpectedly" passed away.

His family have since spoken out about his tragic death...


He was just fifty-six-years-old.

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Since the news of his death broke, tributes from other musicians and heartbroken fans alike have been flooding in.

Now, Fletcher initially rose to fame from his role in the hip-hop trio, Whodini.

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The Brooklyn-based group - which consisted of Fletcher, vocalist Hutchins, and DJ Drew "Grandmaster Dee" Carter - formed in the early '80s, and first made a name for itself with the 1982 single, "Magic's Wand."

From there, the success just kept on coming.

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Their sophomore album, 1984's Escape, was certified platinum in 1987, and also peaked at No. 35 on the all-genre Billboard 200.

John, who provided the vocals with Jalil, was known for his trademark Zorro hat...

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Which propelled him to become one of rap's first sex symbols.

It's needless to say, Fletcher was a total legend on the scene.

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So, of course, the news of his untimely death has sent shockwaves throughout the industry.

His death was first announced by the Roots’ Questlove yesterday...

Who wrote on Twitter: "One Love to Ecstasy of the Legendary #Whodini. This man was legendary and a pivotal member of one of the most legendary groups in hip hop. This is sad man."

John had been living in the Atlanta area...

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And his death was "totally unexpected."

His brother, Douglas Fletcher, claims that he was healthy and athletic...

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And "regularly went to the gym," TMZ reported.

His family also insisted that John was "alive and well" on the morning of his death...

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But, all of a sudden, "he just stopped breathing."

A cause of death has yet to be confirmed.

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Rest in peace, John Fletcher. For more on stars we've tragically lost this year, keep scrolling...