US sources are reporting the recent death of DAVID JOLICOEUR (Trugoy the Dove), a founding member of hip hop trio DE LA SOUL. He was aged 54 and no further details are forthcoming though it’s known that in recent years he’s suffered with congestive heart probllems.

Jolicoeur co-founded De La Soul with  Posdnuos (Kelvin Mercer) and Maseo (Vincent Lamont Mason Jr) and the group were major players in the in the late 80s and early 90s and were honoured at last week’s Grammy Awards in Los Angeles during a tribute to the genre.

The trio’s 1989 debut LP ‘3 Feet High and Rising’ is considered a genre classic , reaching  number one on Billboard’s top R&B/hip-hop album chart. It often appears on lists of the greatest albums of all time. Amongst the group’s biggest hits were ‘The Magic Number’ and ‘Me, Myself and I’ while even many anti-hip hop soulies have a soft spot for their ‘A Roller Skating Jam, Named Saturdays’ with vocal from Vinia Mojica.