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Mister Cee, legendary hip-hop DJ, dies at 57. Why the hip-hop community is in deep mourning.

by NBC News

From the early days of Notorious B.I.G. to the rise of 50 Cent, legendary hip-hop DJ Mister Cee was a pivotal figure in the New York City rap scene and the careers of some of its greatest performers.

The entertainer, born Calvin Lebrun, has died at 57, confirmed Audacy, the parent company of 94.7 The Block — the radio station that Mr. Cee had worked at and had a weekday show playing throwback hits.

“Tonight I share the sad news of the sudden passing of our 94.7 The Block colleague & friend, Mister Cee,” Market President Chris Oliviero said in a statement on Wednesday. “A true iconic personality that left a lasting mark on the music and lifestyle culture of New York City and beyond.”

Skip Dillard, 94.7 The Block’s brand manager, also commented on Mr. Cee’s passing in statement, adding “The Block family are heartbroken but thankful for a chance to work with one of the most influential figures in NYC contemporary music history!”

Dillard also posted a heartfelt message on X, sharing the news.

“Your legacy will live on,” Dillard captioned a photo of the DJ. “God Bless your family. You’ve earned your rest. Well done….@djmistercee.” 

No cause of death was given. 

The Brooklyn-born Mister Cee was an influential DJ for 21 years at New York City’s famed Hot 97. The radio station also released a statement on Wednesday about his death. 

“As a family at HOT 97 and WBLS, we’re deeply saddened by the passing of our beloved Mister Cee,” the statement reads. “He wasn’t just a DJ; he was a pillar of our stations, bringing joy to countless listeners with his legendary ‘Throwback at Noon’ and ‘Friday Night Live’ sets.”

“Mr. Cee’s influence stretched far beyond the airwaves, shaping the very fabric of NYC’s DJ culture,” the statement continued. “Our hearts are heavy as we send our love and condolences to his family and the fans whose lives he touched through his music. Rest easy, Mr. Cee. Your legacy will live forever.” 

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