Michael “Eyedea” Larsen , a celebrated rapper and freestylist, was found dead early Sunday morning. He was 28.
The rapper’s body found by his mother, who then shared the news via Facebook. The cause of death is not yet known.
A native of Minnesota, Eyedea rose to fame after strong showings at a number of free style rap battles, including the Scribble Jam battle in 1999 and HBO’s Blaze Battle in 2000. He would ultimately sign with label Rhymesayers and formed a partnership with DJ Abilities. Under the moniker Eyedea & Abilities, the duo released three full-length efforts, including 2009’s By the Throat. He also frequently teamed up with high profile MC’s Aesop Rock and Sage Francis.