Entertainment lawyer turned hip hop culturist Reggie "Combat Jack" Osse sadly passed away this morning after his battle with cancer. The full story is inside.
Almost two months after revealing his colon cancer diagnosis, famed Combat Jack podcast host and one of the most influential figures in hip hop, Reggie Osse, has died.
His long time friend DJ D-Nice revealed the news this morning while coincidentally also speaking about the passing of their mutual friend, entertainment lawyer Ed Woods.
I fell asleep thinking about my bro Ed Woods’ passing and woke up to the news that my other buddy Reggie Osse passed this morning. This has been an unbelievable week. Real tears for these brothers. Reggie’s Combat Jack podcast changed my life. The way he interviewed me was therapeutic. Thank you, bro. You will never be forgotten. #ripReggieOsse #ripEdWoods My condolences to their families and friends.
Reggie himself, pictured above at a memorial event for Chris Lighty just this past May, posted a tribute to his late friend just last week:
48-year-old Reggie had been on a #CombatCancer mission for months, and often chronicled his fight both in the hospital and out. He appeared to be in good spirits and constantly spoke positively about his recovery:
Reggie, a first generation Haitian-American, Cornell University alum and Georgetown Law grad, wrote these powerful words just last year about how he wants to be remembered:
The news of his passing has sent deep waves of sadness throughout the hip hop world. Podcasters, hip hop artists, journalists, and more are pouring out their hearts abut how he's changed their lives:
RIP #COMBATJACK. One of my proudest moments EVER was being interviewed by Reggie Ossé on the Combat Jack show this year. He was a good brother, a legend, a pioneer and a fighter. He was not some industry dude either and that's why I liked him so much. He was real. He showed love. He figured it out after being a successful lawyer and continued to grow. A tremendous loss. I don't really know what to say, but I know that he left his mark in a way that few will ever do. God bless his soul and prayers for his wife and children. #combatjack #ripcombatjack #ripreggieosse
My heart is so heavy We lost @reggieosse & he was truly one of the great ones!Thank you #combatjack 4 giving me an opportunity to tell my story on your show!One of the best interviews I’ve EVER had where I got to be real & vulnerable & celebrated for who I am! This was us just last year @loudspeakersnetwork holiday party!(Me trying to hide my baby bump) He had So much joy in his face! This man was REAL! May you Rest In Peace Combat! We will miss you. #CombatCancer #RaiseTheBar #ReggieOsse was my lawyer when I was in 3LW! #crazy #CantTakeLifeForGranted #Blessings2HisFamily #RIPCombatJack
As the former managing editor of The Source to the founding member of The Loud Speakers network and everything in between, Reggie will always remain an incredible influence on the culture. R.I.P.