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Q-Tip, Questlove, Ice Cube, Chuck D and More React to Whodini’s John ‘Ecstasy’ Fletcher’s Death: ‘A Tremendous Loss of Our Heroes’

CHICAGO - JANUARY 1985: Rapper Ecstasy from Whodini performs at the U.I.C. Pavilion in Chicago, Illinois in January 1985. (Photo By Raymond Boyd/Getty Images)

John “Ecstasy” Fletcher of the ’80s group Whodini reportedly passed away on Wednesday, but if the reactions to his death are any indication, the early rapper’s legacy will still be felt for decades to come.

A who’s who of hip hop history shared their condolences and stories of how Fletcher had influenced them, with social media eulogies coming in from Ice Cube, Chuck D, Q-Tip, Questlove (who was the first person to report of the death), DJ Premier, and more.

Fletcher, Jalil Hutchins and J Grandmaster Dee released six albums throughout the ’80s as Whodini (who are now considered hip hop legends of the era, second only to Run-DMC). The trio helped lay the groundwork to transform the genre into what it would become over the next decade. Fletcher himself is also remembered for his iconic choice of headwear.

See the tributes from other hip hop greats below.