Big Bank Hank Dies; Sugarhill Gang Rapper Was 57

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Big Bank Hank, a rapping legend who is best known for his role in the Sugarhill Gang, passed away early this morning.

He was 57 years old.

Born Henry Jackson, Big Bank Hank had been suffering from cancer for an unknown period of time and died in greater New York City area around 2 a.m., according to TMZ.

Wonder Mike and Master Gee, Hank’s collaborators with The Sugarhill Gang, released a brief statement to TMZ after learning the news, telling the site:

"So sad to hear of our brother’s passing. Rest in peace, Big Bank."

The trio’s 1979 track, “Rapper’s Delight,” is considered to be first major hip-hop song to cross over and gain mainstream success.

We've posted the official music video above and we send our condolences to Hank's friends, family members and loved ones.

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