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Influential hip hop photographer, Chi Modu who captured iconic images of some of hip hop’s greatest figures in the 1990s, has died at the age of 54.
A post confirming the death of the Nigerian-born New Jersey-raised photographer was posted by his family on Twitter on Saturday.
The tweet which included an image of Modu next to the dates 1966-2021. “Our hearts are broken… We continue the fight. The family request privacy at this time,” the tweet reads.
The post also presented a request for confidentiality from his family.
So far, no details have been released on the nature of his death.
Throughout the 90s and early 2000s. Modu shot iconic images of Biggie Smalls, LL Cool J, Tupac Shakur, Eazy-E, Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, Mobb Deep, Nas and many more.
In 2016, he published the photography book Uncategorized, which featured never-before-seen images of Tupac.