Hip-hop lawyer-turned podcaster Combat Jack has died, after a fight with colon cancer. He was 48 years old.
Jack (real name: Reggie Osse) announced that he had colon cancer on social media in October. “In [seven] years of podcasting, I’ve never missed an episode,” he explained after missing his first episode of The Combat Jack Show since its inception. “I got hit with some real life sh*t. I was recently diagnosed with Colon Cancer.”
— Playmaker (@Its_AKing) October 23, 2017
He later revealed that he was rushed to the hospital for “pretty severe surgery” and that he was going to take on chemotherapy. “I’m about to jump on this journey to health with chemo and alternative medicine. Take care of your health. Your boy ain’t going nowhere though. We’re gonna keep doing this. Keep rocking with us,” he said reassuringly.
“The Combat Jack Show” hosted discussions and covered “music, news, culture, and race.” During its run, Jack invited notable guests such as Russell Simmons, Chuck D, Damon Dash, RZA, Scarface, D-Nice and many more.
“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,” tweeted Hot 97 morning host Peter Rosenberg.