Koopsta Knicca, who was a member of Three 6 Mafia and Da Mafia 6ix, has reportedly died of a brain aneurysm, BET News has learned.
DJ Paul shared the news of his rhyming partner’s condition and updated fans through multiple Instagram posts.
“We gota pray harder [email protected] yall!! He had an Aneurysm yesterday in its blood on his brain. Dr. said we need a miracle & i believe in those so lets get one for my brother yall!!! Koop is the same age as Lord.”
There were rumors that Koopsta Knicca died last night, but DJ Paul debunked those claims by telling everyone he spoke with doctors and they said Koopsta Knicca was still breathing. Gangsta Boo also said this on Twitter:
“I’m not at the hospital. I was earlier and he was breathing. I’m headed to Nashville 2 film a video, got a call that he stopped which was false.”
This morning, a representative for Koopsta Knicca issued the following statement about his passing on Facebook.
To all who are concerned Robert Cooper Phillips AKA KOOPSTA KNICCA has officially left us all, This is a GREAT LOST to us all. We will continue to keep him alive with his music. I loved you with all my heart Koop & ive learned alot from you .- Per Admin Toy
DJ Paul said:
“My group member and brother for over 20 years, Robert "Koopsta Knicca" Phillips passed away today at 12:55 am CST from a major stroke he had sunday after showering. He went in peace. Me and Koop had just started writing his new album Devil's Playground 2, the second part to his famous solo album that I produced, but we didnt get a chance to record yet. We had concerts coming up starting next month too. He also just got a home in Vegas that he was moving to on Tuesday, but never got to even see it in person. Everyone who knew Koop knew he was very funny and the coolest guy ever! He will be missed!!! We made classics together that'll live on!!! Mafia 4 Life!!!!"
Koopsta Knicca appeared on several classic Three 6 Mafia projects, such as 'Mystic Stylez', 'Most Known Hits', and more. As a member of Da Mafia 6ix, he appeared on their two mixtapes, '6ix Commandments' and 'Watch What U Wish'. His solo work included the underground favorite 'Da Devil’s Playground'.