Reggie Osse, the influential host of the “Combat Jack” podcast and a retired lawyer to hip-hop stars, has died at the age of 48.
Osse, who is also known as Combat Jack, announced that he was battling colon cancer back in October. In his lifetime, he was known in the 1990s as an attorney who represented Jay-Z, Capone-n-Noreaga and Roc-A-Fella records.
When he retired from law, Osse worked as an executive at MTV and the managing editor of The Source magazine before he started the influential podcast “The Combat Jack Show” in 2010. Osse tackled hip-hop culture and race on his podcast and interviewed artists on his show and was considered a pioneer for hip-hop podcasts; he called himself the “anti-NPR voice.”
In October, Osse revealed that he was diagnosed with colon cancer on Twitter, saying that he had to be rushed to the hospital for surgery. “I’m about to jump on this journey to health with chemo and alternative medicine. Take care of your health. Your boy aint going nowhere though. We’re gonna keep doing this. Keep rocking with us” he tweeted.