Combat Jack Hip-Hop Icon Dead at 53

12/20/2017 8:01 AM PST

Hip-Hop Icon Combat Jack Dead at 53

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Combat Jack, an icon in the hip-hop community, has died after a battle with colon cancer.

Combat hosted his own immensely popular podcast where interviewed huge music celebs like Damon Dash, NORE, Just Blaze and others. Combat's real name was Reggie Osse, and he came up in the biz as a lawyer at Def Jam Records during its '90s heyday.

He announced in October that he was battling cancer. He posted a video of himself in the hospital ... talking to LL Cool J, who had called with well wishes.

Uncle @llcoolj told me to knock it out. So I’m gonna knock it out! #CombatCancer

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#CombatCancer was trending after his announcement.

Tributes are pouring at the news of his passing. Combat was 53.