According to “the Queen Diva of New Orleans Bounce,” Big Freedia, on Twitter today, New Orleans rapper Nicky Da B has passed away at 24. The news comes as a shock to all who knew him, including Mad Decent collaborator Diplo. The two worked together on the twerk track ‘Express Yourself.’

According to The Times-Picayune, who spoke to the artist’s manager, the man born Nickesse Toney “passed away after a brief illness.” The details are still slowly rolling in as the bigger picture becomes more clear.