Hip-hop journalist and podcaster Reggie Ossé, better known as Combat Jack, has reportedly died after months of fighting colon cancer. He was 48.

In October, Ossé explained why he didn’t appear on “The Return of Redman & Just Blaze” episode of The Combat Jack Show. Before the episode started, he shared that he was diagnosed with colon cancer and had to undergo a major surgery.

“A couple weeks ago I was diagnosed with colon cancer. I was rushed to the hospital. I had some severe surgery. I’m on the mend right now,” he said. “I’m about to jump on the journey to health with chemo. I’ll probably do some live alternative health as well so I don’t get caught up in that. I say that to say, take care of your health.”

AKing made the initial announcement about Ossé’s health in a press release:

The first post he shared during his chemotherapy was a message from LL Cool J telling him to knock out cancer.

 

Uncle @llcoolj told me to knock it out. So I’m gonna knock it out! #CombatCancer

A post shared by Combat Jack (@reggieosse) on Oct 25, 2017 at 4:04pm PDT


About a month later, Ossé provided an update on his condition, writing, “Today I’m still on the mend. Walking is tough bc I lose my breath. But it’s a process. Lost all my weight and muscle. Still, wanted to let y’all know the progress and my focus to #CombatCancer. Thank you All for your endless support!”


In December, he shared another progress update. "Blood work feeling soooooo refreshing. #CombatCancer," he wrote.

 

Blood work feeling soooooo refreshing. #CombatCancer

A post shared by Combat Jack (@reggieosse) on Dec 6, 2017 at 10:16am PST


Earlier this week, Premium Pete tweeted that he was heavily thinking of Ossé. He and Ossé co-hosted The Combat Jack Show before starting his own podcast.

Upon hearing the news of  Ossé’s death, fans and members of the hip-hop industry praised him for his contributions.

Action Bronson, Alchemist, and other artists paid their respects to Ossé as well.

Ossé's last post on Instagram was a tribute to Brooklyn-based entertainment attorney Ed Woods, whose client roster included Diddy, Usher, Allen Iverson, DMX, Stephanie Mills, Jay Z, and Kelly Price.


Ossé’s career included a stint as a hip-hop music attorney and executive and the former managing editor of The Source before building his own brand with The Combat Jack Show. For Complex, Ossé hosted his own version of his podcast for television, a weekly 12-episode series that launched in April 2013.