Update, October 9: Koopsta’s death has been confirmed by DJ Paul and Da Mafia 6ix publicist Dove Clark, reports the Commercial Appeal.
The 40-year-old died early Friday morning at an undisclosed Memphis hospital from complications of a stroke he suffered on Sunday.
DJ Paul called Koopsta “my group member and brother for over 20 years,” in a statement, adding that he “went in peace…Everyone who knew Koop knew he was very funny and the coolest guy ever. He will be missed. We made classics together that’ll live on.”
Update: DJ Paul says Koopsta Knicca is still fighting.
After posting a tribute to Koop informing fans of his passing earlier in the evening, DJ Paul has shared another Instagram post letting us know that his longtime friend is still alive: “Update!!! He still fighting n breathing!!! #NoRipKoop We Still Praying!!”
Koopsta is believed to be on life support after suffering an aneurysm earlier this week. His management released a statement saying he is in a “critical” condition at an undisclosed hospital in Memphis, Tennessee: “Doctors have advised that arrangements should be prepared for Koop and that he is in need of a miracle.”
Koopsta Knicca suffered an aneurysm earlier in the week, according to an Instagram post from fellow Three 6 Mafia member DJ Paul.
Paul said his longtime friend had “blood on his brain” and that the presiding doctor said Koop needed a “miracle” to recover. Gangsta Boo has since posted a tribute on Twitter, writing “it was one helluva journey.”
Born Robert Cooper Phillips on April 27, 1975 in Memphis, Koopsta Knicca was a founding member of pioneering Southern rap collective Three 6 Mafia. He released a solo album in 1999 titled Da Devil’s Playground, produced entirely by DJ Paul. Koop featured on multiple Three 6 Mafia albums, including classics like Smoked Out, Loced Out and Mystic Stylez; as well as the platinum-selling When the Smoke Clears: Sixty 6, Sixty 1. Koopsta Knicca left the group in 2000 after legal issues prevented him from attending shows and video shoots. He returned in 2013 as a member of Da Mafia 6ix, alongside DJ Paul, Crunchy Black, Gangsta Boo and the late Lord Infamous.