Future’s Freebandz artist FXXXXY passed away earlier this month but no cause of death was immediately revealed. Now, an IGA spokesperson has shared a press release explaining the Dallas-bred rapper died due to complications from a routine medical procedure.
“We are all deeply saddened by the sudden and unexpected passing of FXXXXY and offer our sincerest condolences to his family, his team, friends and thousands of fans,” IGA Executive Vice President Joie Manda said. “Everyone who came into FXXXXY’s orbit was moved by his positive energy and spirit. His talent was undeniable. He was an important member of our IGA family and it’s heartbreaking that he was taken from all of us too soon.”
— Baby Shad/Rashad (@BabyxShad) September 17, 2020
FXXXXY’s family added, “The family of Maudell Watkins, aka FXXXXY, aka FBG Fox, are totally shocked and devastated at his unexpected and unforeseen passing. We would like to express our heartfelt thanks to his many friends and acquaintances who’ve reached out to us in this extremely difficult time. He lived music with every breath he took and his focus and drive were unmatched. May his contributions to the music industry live forever. CC 4 Life!”
The news of FXXXXY’s passing started circulating on Thursday (September 17). Future expressed his sorrow in an Instagram Live post that day, which included a screenshot of a text conversation they’d recently had.
He wrote, “Just yesterday….GONE WAY TOO SOON @flawedupshawty.”
Anthony Saleh of Emagen Entertainment Group management remembered his infectious his personality, noting, “The FBG team and I are extremely crushed by unexpected news about our brother, FXXXXY. He not only was one of us but, he was the most uplifting and positive whenever he was around. And when he wasn’t around, he made sure to share his light with you from afar. We will never be able to make sense of this no matter how hard we try but will do our best to honor his memory. Rip FBG FOX.”
FXXXXY got to work in late 2016 when he dropped the HipHopDX-premiered Cartel Shawty EP, which included the standout single “20 Taliband.”