Black Rob dead: Missy Elliott, LL Cool J and Mario pay tribute as rapper, 51, dies after suffering four strokes

MISSY Elliott, LL Cool J and Mario Winans were among the celebrities paying tribute to late rapper Black Rob.

Rob – who suffered four strokes in five years – died of kidney failure aged 51 at an Atlanta hospital on Saturday.

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Celebrities paid tribute to Black Rob after he died aged 51 on Saturday[/caption]

Rob – who revealed he was homeless shortly before he died – was best known for his 2000 hit Woah! and was previously signed to P. Diddy’s record label Bad Boy Records.

A slew of singers, rappers and record producers paid homage to the musician on social media after hearing of his death.

LL Cool J tweeted: “Black Rob. A storyteller. An MC. A gentleman every time I saw him. Rest in power my brother.”

I Don’t Wanna Know singer Mario Winans: “This hit my heart……. we will NEVER forget you brother! RIP BLACK ROB!”

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Missy Elliott and LL Cool J were among the stars paying ode to Rob[/caption]

Missy Elliott reflected on Rob’s tragic death soon after fellow rapper DMX died aged 50 on April 9 following a heart attack.

The Get Ur Freak On hitmaker posted: “It’s hard finding the words to say when someone passes away…

“It’s been tough from X to Black Rob. I am praying for both of their families for healing.”

Rapper Biz Markie added: “RIP Black Rob, one of the great millennium-era crime rap novelists, gruff but with Harlem slickness, who endured fire and brimstone to briefly reach the apex, before gravity and the law took hold.”

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“Of course, ‘Whoa,’ which owned the world for a full year, the platonic tunnel banger.”

DJ Self posted a tribute on Instagram, with the caption: “Lord knows i tried to get help …… I’m sad to say RIP to Black Rob ….. Passed away in the hospital in Atlanta.”

Former Chicago Bears linebacker Lance Briggs posted a photo of Rob and wrote simply alongside it: “One time for Black Rob. RIP.”

Record producer Pete Rock added: “All this death in hip hop really sucks. RIP DMX and Black Rob! I can’t believe I just said that.

“Just don’t sound right. No time to grieve 1 death anymore. X just died last week and BR dies today

Rob – real name Robert Ross – talked about what he was going through in an Instagram video, explaining: “Oh man, I’ve been dealing with this for five years.

“Four strokes… I don’t know what to tell you man. S**t is crazy. This s**t is hard. I don’t got no house to live in — except maybe an apartment.

“Me and my man be trying to get together. I’m telling you man, this s**t is strange.

“It’s hard, you know what I’m saying? I don’t know what the people want to do, what the people going to say. I need some rest, man.

“Really, man. I need some rest. My side is killing me. Oh s**t. I don’t want to talk about it no more.”

From hospital, the hip hop star shared his condolences after DMX passed away, saying in a clip: “I feel everything about X. X was positive. Love to X.”

The tribute left fans worried for Black Rob’s health as it seemed as if he struggled to speak.

Following the video, fans launched a GoFundMe to raise money to help the rapper with his medical bills and living arrangements.

Fellow Bad Boy Records rapper Mark Curry – who had been updating fans on Black Rob’s condition – recorded a video announcing the artist’s death.

He said: “I don’t know where to begin this, I thank everybody for the donations. Rob passed away about an hour ago.”

Rob is thought to have four children – three daughters Kayli, Rianna and Diamond along with son Million.

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