Founding Member Of De La Soul, Trugoy The Dove Has Died

De La Soul legend Trugoy The Dove, also known as Dave or Dave Jolicoeur, has died at 54.

While details are scarce, his team confirmed his passing to AllHipHop. Trugoy has been struggling with his health over the past few years. In 2018, Trugoy opened up about his battle with congestive heart failure in an Instagram video and admitted he was struggling with being sidelined.

In 2020, he again sparked concern when he was briefly hospitalized. He appeared to be in good spirits, however and was able to have an Instagram Live conversation with his De La Soul brethren, Posdnuos and Maseo.

The group was looking forward to their debut 3 Feet High and RisingDe La Soul Is DeadBuhloone Mindstate, Stakes Is High, Art Official Intelligence: Mosaic Thump and AOI: Bionix finally available on all digital service providers on March 3. It may not seem like a celebration without all three members present for the moment, but it is certainly well deserved.