Born in 1969, Ossé received a law degree from Georgetown University Law Center and broke into the music industry as an attorney, representing the likes of JAY-Z, Roc-A-Fella Records and more.
After leaving his law practice, Ossé served as the vice-president of audio/music DVD at MTV Networks and as managing editor of American hip-hop magazine The Source.
Ossé began his critically acclaimed podcast The Combat Jack Show in 2010, interviewing the likes of Public Enemy's Chuck D, Damon Dash, Wu-Tang Clan's RZA, Scarface, D- Nice and more.
Ossé revealed his cancer diagnosis through Twitter this past October after missing his first episode in seven years of recording. The hashtag #CombatCancer began trending after his announcement.
Find reaction to Ossé's passing from industry figures and fans below.
Hip Hop has lost one of its most important historians and voices... we had serious ups and downs but I was so happy we had made things good... Rest In Peace to my friend Combat Jack....— Peter Rosenberg (@Rosenbergradio) December 20, 2017
R.i.P combat jack thank u for everything!!!— Roc marci (@rocmarci) December 20, 2017
DAMN MAN REST IN PEACE TO MY BROTHER @Combat_Jack ONE OF THE FIRST PEOPLE TO EVER EMBRACE ME IN THIS WHOLE SHIT. MY HEART IS HEAVY MAN FUCK. LOVE ALWAYS.— FUCK THATS DELICIOUS (@ActionBronson) December 20, 2017
At a loss for words. Rest In Peace to Combat Jack, one of the most incredible individuals I've ever known— Karen Civil (@KarenCivil) December 20, 2017
Rest In Peace to the Legendary Combat Jack. And thank you for everything.— Joe Budden (@JoeBudden) December 20, 2017
Damn. RIP Combat Jack. Reggie always showed love and made this confused Indian kid feel like I had a place in rap music.— brown boogie (@HIMANSHU) December 20, 2017
rip combat jack!!!! https://t.co/MgcrKKnJCB— thebe kgositsile (@earlxsweat) December 20, 2017
R.i.p Combat jack !!! We gonna miss u king!! pic.twitter.com/aYBfv1JjvY— Raekwon Da Chef (@Raekwon) December 20, 2017
Rest in peace Combat Jack.— Alchemist (@Alchemist) December 20, 2017
long live the OG Combat Jack.— K A N E U S A (@CardoGotWings) December 20, 2017
omg RIP Combat Jack— Open Mike Eagle (@Mike_Eagle) December 20, 2017
RIP Combat Jack. No words suffice to capture the multitudes he possessed. A rap encyclopedia who could spin stories about both Bronx block parties & the Paradise Garage. A brilliant interviewer & attorney. A kind gentle soul who understood & cared about the culture like no other.— Otto Von Biz Markie (@Passionweiss) December 20, 2017