Sending our heartfelt condolences to his family and friends.
Shaun Shiller Fequiere, better known by his stage name Kangol Kid, was a well-known rapper and UTFO member, who died on Saturday at a hospital in Manhasset, New York, 10 months after being diagnosed with colon cancer, at the age of 55.
T.Shaun Fequiere, the rapper’s son, said in an Instagram post revealing his death on Dec. 18, “I just wanna hear you again, another hug, another embarrassing kiss.” His publicist, Lion Lindwedel, said that complications from colon cancer were the reason of his death.
Kid was renowned for always wearing his iconic Kangol headgear and for working with the Mama Luke Foundation to promote cancer awareness both before and after his cancer diagnosis.
He was a member of the hip-hop group UTFO, which stood for “UnTouchable Force Organization,” and was a pioneer in the early 1980s in New York City rap.
Doctor Ice, Mix Master Ice, and Educated Rapper, all of whom died in 2017, were members of the Brooklyn group best known for their 1984 hit song “Roxanne, Roxanne.”
The song was written from the viewpoint of three guys who were all turned down by the same lady, Roxanne, who was elusive (and fictional).
The said song sparked the “Roxanne Wars” after rapper Roxanne Shante responded with her diss track “Roxanne’s Revenge,” which led to dozens of other groups making their own records in response to the song.