David Jude Jolicoeur, also known as Trugoy the Dove, passed away at the age of 54. Jolicoeur was a founding member of the American hip-hop group De La Soul. He was also well known as Trugoy the Dove. Tony Forguson, who acted as his representative, has verified his death. He did not provide any other information.
Jolicoeur had disclosed that he had been coping with congestive heart failure in recent years, and although the reason for his passing is still a mystery, it is known that he passed away. Although they were honoured with an homage to hip-hop at the Grammy Awards the week before, Trugoy was not onstage with the rest of his comrades at that time.
Although he was born in Brooklyn, he formed the rap group on Long Island, where he also grew up, after meeting fellow members Vincent Mason (Pasemaster Mase) and Kelvin Mercer (Posdnuos). In the wake of his passing, rap artists and fans alike have taken to social media to share their condolences and pay honour to the late rap superstar.
How did David Jude Jolicoeur die?
Rapper Big Daddy Kane stated on Instagram: “Dave! It was a privilege to perform on so many stages beside you.” Erik Sermon, a rapper, was also quoted as saying, “This one hurts. #Delasoil is a rap group from Long Island that is considered to be among the greatest in the hip-hop genre. Dave, you will be remembered fondly but you have passed away… RIP.”
Additionally, Young Guru posted the following on Instagram: “Rest in peace dear brother. You had a lot of affection. I adore you, brother, and know that we are always here for you. Smiles I love you bro. This is really insane.
DJ Samtex has stated that it is unfortunate that another icon has passed away. Dave, also known as Trugoy the Dove, passed away recently. He was a co-founder of the groundbreaking, inventive, and iconic rap trio De La Soul. The news is really painful to the heart. Sincere sympathies to Posdnous, Maseo, and his family in their time of loss.
When De La Soul released their studio album 3 Feet High And Rising in 1989, it was praised for being a more light-hearted and positive counterpart to more charged rap offerings such as N.W.A.’s Straight Outta Compton, which was released a year earlier. De La Soul is considered to be one of the most innovative groups in the history of rap.
Jolicoeur said that Trugoy was a reversed spelling of the word yoghurt; however, more lately he had been going by the name Dave. By sampling artists ranging all the way from Johnny Cash and Steely Dan to Hall & Oates, the band heralded the beginning of the alternative hip-hop movement.
Some people even referred to De La Soul as a hippy band at the time. Michael Azzerad, a music reviewer for Rolling Stone, called De La Soul’s debut album the first “psychedelic hip-hop record.” Because of its important place in history, the National Recording Registry at the Library of Congress was expanded to include 3 Feet High and Rising in the year 2010.