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.
via: GettySince the news of his death broke, tributes from other musicians and heartbroken fans alike have been flooding in.
Another blow in a bad year. John Fletcher aka Ex of #whodini has just passed. The trio, along with producer Larry S… https://t.co/RaLUhDSrar— Nelson George (@Nelson George)1608753135.0
@RollingStone The passing of Ecstasy sadden me, Whodini was one of my favorite rap trio. Great rap and good memorie… https://t.co/pSl3CpIm9s— Jp (@Jp)1608776816.0
RIP Ecstasy of Whodini, one of the primary influences on the greatest rapper of all time, @MethodMan .— Disco Vietnam (@Disco Vietnam)1608758036.0
1987 I entered the @Defjam tour w PE. I tended to be nervous looking at 15000 fans in front of me every night. Ther… https://t.co/gPlnhB5Qmk— Chuck D (@Chuck D)1608755424.0
This one stings. Ecstasy was my favorite rapper when I was a little kid. I always dug his voice, delivery, and styl… https://t.co/dNeOq8LMUK— James David (@James David)1608753009.0
I loved Whodini. I knew Ectasy, Jalil and Grandmaster D when I was a youngster. Loved them huge influence along wit… https://t.co/UAz6Wihwyo— Dante Ross (@Dante Ross)1608758368.0
RIP John "Ectasy" Fletcher 😢— [Redacted] (@[Redacted])1608751484.0
This Brother John Fletcher aka “Ectasy” from the legendary Rap group Whodini was indeed a BOSS. One of the most imp… https://t.co/O0oi7OBr2J— Dr. Marc’s Masterclass (@Dr. Marc’s Masterclass)1608787022.0
Brooklyn lost another one of it's sons 😢 RIP John "Ectasy"Fletcher 👑 https://t.co/6VvzBKqwWO— CharlieBoy WHTID🦁 (@CharlieBoy WHTID🦁)1608755794.0
Rest in Peace and Love John Fletcher aka Ectasy of #WHODINI. Condolences to his loved ones God Bless. https://t.co/kwjME9LKcP— Ms.48 (@Ms.48)1608757220.0
Now, Fletcher initially rose to fame from his role in the hip-hop trio, Whodini.
via: GettyThe 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.
via: GettyTheir 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...
via: GettyWhich propelled him to become one of rap's first sex symbols.
It's needless to say, Fletcher was a total legend on the scene.
via: GettySo, 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."
One Love to Ecstasy of the Legendary #Whodini. This man was legendary and a pivotal member of one of the most legen… https://t.co/PTQ3HKQ61A— 1/20 Soulquarianseason/Eviction Notice (@1/20 Soulquarianseason/Eviction Notice)1608747828.0
John had been living in the Atlanta area...
via: GettyAnd his death was "totally unexpected."
His brother, Douglas Fletcher, claims that he was healthy and athletic...
via: GettyAnd "regularly went to the gym," TMZ reported.
His family also insisted that John was "alive and well" on the morning of his death...
via: GettyBut, all of a sudden, "he just stopped breathing."
A cause of death has yet to be confirmed.
via: GettyRest in peace, John Fletcher. For more on stars we've tragically lost this year, keep scrolling...