I am saddened to report the death of rapper/songwriter/producer/radio personality Mark “Prince Markie Dee” Morales. He was 52. Morales’ long time friend Louis Gregory broke the news via Twitter. SiriusXM’s Rock The Bells, where Morales had a daily show, also tweeted a message of mourning. For those unaware, Morales began his career as a member of the pioneering rap trio The Fat Boys along with Darren “Human Beat Box” Robinson and Damon “Kool Rock-Ski” Wimbley. The group went on to release seven studio albums. While all their albums earned placement on the Billboard 200 chart, 1987’s “Crushin”, which featured the hit single “Wipeout”, gave them an all time high, peaking at No. 8 on Sept. 12, 1987. The project also snagged the No. 4 spot on the Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums chart on Sept. 5, 1987. “Wipeout”, which featured The Beach Boys, peaked at No. 12 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 10 on the Hot R&B/Hip Hop Songs chart on Sept. 19, 1987. By the early 1990s, the hits began to wane and the group disbanded. Morales went on to pursue a solo career. He worked with Mariah Carey and Mary J. Blige among others. In addition to music, The Fat Boys appeared in the films Krush Groove, Disorderlies and Knights Of The City. Morales left behind a legacy that will last for generations. May he rest in peace.