Attrell Cordes, known to fans of the hip-hop group P.M. Dawn as “Prince Be,” has died. He was 46.
He died on Friday of renal kidney disease in a hospital in New Jersey, according to People. He is survived by his wife Mary and three children.
P.M. Dawn was formed in 1988 by Cordes and his brother, Jarrett, who went by “DJ Minutemix.” The group released their first album, “Of the Heart, of the Soul and of the Cross: The Utopian Experience,” in 1991. Their first single, “Set Adrift on Memory Bliss,” topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1991, making them the third-ever hip-hop group, and first ever black rappers to do so.
Following their first release, the group would go on to release several more studio albums. Their song “I’d Die Without You” appeared on the soundtrack for Eddie Murphy’s 1992 film “Boomerang.”
In 2005, Prince Be suffered a stroke that paralyzed the left side of his body. One of his legs was amputated below the kneecap.
Doc G., Cordes’ cousin and bandmate left a tribute on the P.M. Dawn Facebook page on Friday. He wrote, “Prince Be Rest In Peace Forever More, Pain from diabetes can’t harm you anymore, My Heart is at Peace B-Cuz U suffered so long, Tell Grandma I said Hi & Stay Blisstatic & Strong.”