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Veteran New York Rapper Pumpkinhead Dead At 39

R.I.P. PH.

Robert “Pumpkinhead” Diaz, a veteran Brooklyn MC, died Tuesday (Jun. 9) of unknown causes. He was 39.

Pumpkinhead's Career Remembered

The rapper - who also went by PH - was celebrated as an independent MC for projects like Orange Moon Over Brooklyn. Over the course of his career, he also collaborated with a slew of performers including Talib Kweli, Immortal Technique and Royce Da 5’9”.

PH's Battle Rap Career Celebrated

PH also made a name for himself in rap battles. The veteran rhymer went toe-to-toe with some of the most prominent MCs in different leagues over the years, including Dizaster and Dumbfoundead on Grind Time and The Saurus on King of the Dot.

Pumpkinhead Mourned

Many of Pumpkinhead’s friends, fans, collaborators and battle rap peers mourned his passing on social media today.

Talib Kweli

"To lose such a great human being so early in his life, man. No words. There is a fraternity of artists who were around for all of this. PH inspired us all. He will live on thru us even though his physical presence will be missed. RIP Robert Diaz."

Immortal Technique

Atmosphere's Slug

El-P

Brother Ali

Evidence

Alchemist

Marco Polo

Dizaster

Swave Sevah

The Saurus

Dumbfoundead

King of the Dot

A memorial fund has been started in his name through YouCaring.

Diaz is survived by two sons and a wife who is currently expecting a daughter, according to Rolling Stone. Rest in peace, PH.