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Jessie D of Force MDs Dies at 58

By Kiani Shabazz

Jessie D, one of the founding members of the legendary hip-hop group the Force MDs has passed away at 58 years old. 

The tragic news was announced on the Force D’s official Facebook page on Tuesday night (January 4), although the cause of death is yet to be revealed. 

“To one hell of a entertainer. ‘Jessie D’ of legendary Force MDs,” the post read. “He ate, sleep and breathe music every day. Please put a heart up for him. He was loved!!!!!!!!!! To the family, friends, and fans today we lost a real talent. Our condolences goes out to his siblings, kids, and the Force MDs….”

Hailing from Staten Island, the Force MDs rose to fame in the 1980s with their blend of Hip-Hop and classic R&B. In 1984, the group signed with Tommy Boy Records and released their debut album Love Letters

However, the Force MDs were best known for their hits “Love is a House,” “Itchin’ For a Scratch” and “Tender Love,” the latter of which peaked at No. 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 while appearing in the classic 1985 Hip Hop flick Krush Groove.

The Roots drummer, Questlove paid tribute to Daniels on Instagram on Wednesday (January 5), writing, “Another legend enters his phase as musical ancestor. Rest eternally to #JessieD of the #ForceMCs/#ForceMDs.

Rest in peace to a hip-hop legend.