On Friday, August 13, news surfaced that rapper Steve Gaines, aka Zumbi from Zion I, had passed away.

The news was first announced by QED, a Bay Area radio station, who spoke to the late rapper’s family.

Zumbi’s family did not reveal the cause of his death. However, several sources close to the Zion I star dished out more details about the circumstances of his demise.

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What happened to Zion I rapper Zumbi?

The family’s statement read, “It is with utter disbelief and great sadness that the Gaines family shares the news of the passing of Steve “Zumbi” Gaines on Friday, August 13, 2021.”

The star’s kin further revealed that he had died at the Alta Bates Hospital during the early morning hours of Friday from unknown causes.

Although the statement brushed over Zion I’s star Zumbi’s cause of death, several sources close to the rapper revealed that he had died due to COVID-19 complications.

According to HipHopDX, a text from DJ True Justice revealed that Zumbi suffered an asthma attack in the hospital, and couldn’t recover from it.

The star is survived by his mother, brother and three sons.

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A look at the artist’s career

Rapper Steve Gaines was best known as Baba Zumbi from Zion I. The American producer founded the hip hop project and was later joined by Amp Live.

The hip hop group’s claim to fame came with their 2000 album Mind over Matter, which was nominated for the Independent Album of the Year award by The Source. Their next highly successful album, Deep Water Slang V2.0, was released in 2003.

Some of Zion I’s other popular albums include True & Livin (2005), Heroes in the City of Dope (2006) and The Takeover (2009). When Amp Live left, Zion I became rapper Zumbi’s one-man project.

2016’s The Labyrinth was Zion I’s album that did not include Amp Live.

However, after a six-year-long hiatus, Zumbi and Amp Live came together to work on a Zion I reunion tour for their album, Mind Over Matter in 2021.

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Fans mourn rapper Steve Gaines’ death

Many fans were shocked when the news of Zion I star Zumbi’s death surfaced. Here’s what they had to say.

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