Music fans are in mourning this week after it was revealed that Prince Be, the frontman for the psychedelic pop-rap group P.M. Dawn, passed away last Friday in a New Jersey hospital. He was 46 years-old.
According to The New York Times, Prince Be died of renal failure resulting from complications of diabetes. The rapper had suffered from diabetes for more than 20 years, and he had numerous other health problems at different times as well. In 2005, he was left paralyzed by a series of strokes, and he later had a leg amputated due to gangrene. He spent the last few years of his life in a nursing home.
Born Attrell Cordes on May 15, 1970 in Jersey City, he formed P.M. Dawn with his younger brother Jarrell in the late 1980s. The group’s first single came out in 1989, followed two years later by their amazing debut album “Of the Heart, of the Soul, and of the Cross: The Utopian Experience,” which The Times described as “a moody and abstract reframing of hip-hop through a New Age lens.”
In 1992, P.M. Dawn’s song “I’d Die Without You,” reached number 2 on the Hot 100.
Prince Be is survived by his wife, Mary Sierra-Cordes, as well as his brother, mother, and three children. Rest in peace, Prince Be!