DJ Mister Cee spins at S.O.B.'s on May 21, 2015.
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Legendary Hip-Hop DJ Mister Cee's Death Shook the Rap Game to It's Core

Legendary hip-hop producer, DJ Mister Cee has died at 57. Here's what we know about his cause of death and the entertainer's final moments.


Apr. 16 2024, Published 4:54 p.m. ET

Hip-hop icon DJ Mister Cee has died at the age of 57, according to Hot 97. With a career that spanned decades, Mister Cee witnessed the evolution of hip-hop and played an instrumental role in its development.

Mister Cee's journey to prominence began in the 1980s when he established himself as a prominent figure in New York City's burgeoning rap scene. However, it was Mister Cee's role as a talent scout that truly set him apart.

His keen eye for talent led to the discovery of some of hip-hop's most iconic artists, including The Notorious B.I.G and Big Daddy Kane. His collaboration with Biggie on Ready to Die was game-changing and helped solidify both their places in hip-hop history.

As fans mourned the passing of Mister Cee, tributes for the beloved Brooklyn native poured in. With a legacy that will endure, many are eager for details surrounding his death. Here's what we know about the legendary DJ’s cause of death.

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DJ Mister Cee spins at the 10th Anniversary Of Circle Of Sisters.

Mister Cee’s cause of death is a mystery.

On April 10, the family of DJ Mister Cee confirmed to Hot 97 that the famed producer passed away. The radio station, which was home to Mister Cee’s Throwback at Noon show, then released a touching tribute to honor the DJ.

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“Mr. Cee’s influence stretched far beyond the airwaves, shaping the very fabric of NYC’s DJ culture,” the statement read. “Our hearts are heavy as we send our love and condolences to his family and the fans whose lives he touched through his music.”

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: Dj Mr Cee and Sean "Diddy" Combs' attend Sean "Diddy" Combs' "Dirty Money" album preview.

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Mister Cee’s cause of death has not been revealed, but that has not stopped members of the hip-hop community from sharing tributes to the late entertainer online.

"R.I.P. to the legend Mr. Cee. God bless him, to all his family and friends — I send my condolences,” 50 Cent tweeted.

Peter Rosenberg, a radio personality at the station where Mister Cee worked, called the hip-hop mixer “one of the most important and impactful DJs of all time.”

What was Mister Cee’s net worth?

During his decades-long career, Mister Cee amassed a $1.5 million net worth, according to Celebrity Net Worth. The DJ was a pioneer of hip-hop, having a hand in some of the most acclaimed rap productions of all time.

He produced hits for Big Daddy Kane and Biggie Smalls and even appeared on Kane’s debut album, Long Live Kane. Kane shared a throwback of himself and Mister Cee on Instagram following the DJ’s death, writing: “No words!”

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DJ Mister Cee attends the 4th Annual Global Spin Awards at PlayStation Theater.

Mister Cee also played an integral role in kickstarting Biggie’s career. He reportedly helped facilitate Biggie’s Bad Boy Records deal. The “Crush On You” rapper’s estate released a statement regarding Mister Cee’s death on April 10, paying tribute to the entertainer.

“The family of The Notorious B.I.G extend our deepest condolences and prayers to the family of our beloved brotha Calvin 'DJ Mister Cee' Lebrun on his transition," the post read. “He was a dear friend and mentor of B.I.G and an unwavering committed supporter of the family over the years of B.I.G’s transition. We Love and Salute you King.”

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