Jessie D Of Pioneering Hip Hop Group Force MDs Has Died

Another member of the pioneering Hip-Hop group Force MDs has died. Jessie D, whose real name is Jessie Lee Daniels, was announced dead on the group’s official Facebook page on Tuesday (January 4).

“To one hell of an entertainer. ‘Jessie D’ of legendary Force MDs,” the post read. “He ate, sleep and breathe music every day. Please put a heart up for him. He was loved!!!!!!!!!! To the family, friends, and fans today we lost a real talent. Our condolences go out to his siblings, kids, and the Force MDs….”

The Force MDs rose to fame in the ’80s and was known for hits such as, “Love is a House,” “Itchin’ For a Scratch” and “Tender Love,” which was a part of the 1985 Hip-Hop film, Krush Groove.


Jessie is the fifth member of the group to pass away. Charles “Mercury” Nelson died from a heart attack in 1995, Antoine “T.C.D.” Lundy died of Lou Gehrig’s disease in 1998, while Trisco Pearson died of cancer in 2016. One of the group’s former DJs, DJ Dr. Rock, also passed away in 1996 due to natural causes.

Questlove paid his respects via Instagram writing, “Another legend enters his phase as [a] musical ancestor. Rest eternally to #JessieD of the #ForceMCs/#ForceMDs.” Jessie was 58.

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