Pumpkinhead broke through with his 1997 single "Dynamic," which he followed with four solo albums. He most recently dropped Know the Ledge in 2011. In addition, he appeared on tracks from Jean Grae and Immortal Technique. He was also a respected battle rapper.
Hip-hop producer Marco Polo confirmed the news on Twitter.
Today is a very shitty day. Just got word my brother Pumpkinhead passed away at 5:40am this morning. My condolences to his family...R.I.P.— Marco Polo (@marcopolobeats) June 9, 2015
One of the first people to give me a shot when I moved to New York and I'm honored to have recorded "Orange Moon Over Brooklyn" with you.— Marco Polo (@marcopolobeats) June 9, 2015
He also shared his Pumpkinhead collaboration "Here" in memory of the departed rapper. Yo can find that track below. A great deal of other hip-hop figures also paid tribute to Pumpkinhead with a series of tweets.
R.I.P. Pumpkinhead. Sad news. @PH_TEAMHOMI— Aesop Rock (@AesopRockWins) June 9, 2015
RIP Pumpkinhead. Very sad and unexpected news. Hasn't been long since I last spoke to him.— Despot (@despotroast) June 9, 2015
aw man rest in peace, pumpkinhead. one of the coolest, kindest people to walk this earth.— el-p (@therealelp) June 9, 2015
I'm completely devastated. RIP PH. pic.twitter.com/wDmsRaHk20— PHAROAHE MONCH (@pharoahemonch) June 9, 2015