R.I.P. Toronto MC King Reign

R.I.P. Toronto MC King Reign
Kunle Thomas, better known as Toronto rapper King Reign, passed away yesterday (June 28) after falling into a coma resulting from a heart attack last week. He was 40.

Born in 1975 in Toronto to Trinidadian and Guyanese parents, Reign (an acronym for Rhyme Energy in God's Nature) wrote about issues including drug abuse, bullying, racial stereotypes and love with his debut solo full-length Sincere in 2014.

Reign was also a member of Scarborough, ON hip-hop outfit Brassmunk, with whom he secured a major label record deal with Sony and Juno Award nomination. He had also collaborated with Drake, Pharoahe Monch, Saukrates, Boi-1da, Rich Kidd and more.

A GoFundMe campaign has been launched to contribute both to a memorial for the artist and towards the educational expenses of his two young children. You can find the campaign here.

Read Luke Fox's recently published interview he did with Reign in 2014 to better understand the man we miss.