Chi Modu, the veteran Nigerian-born American hip-hop photographer, reportedly died from cancer. 


Modu’s family had announced his demise in a terse note shared via the photographer’s social media page on Saturday.

The cause of his death, however, was not revealed, fuelling speculations in some quarters.

But according TMZ, the 54-year-old breathed his last after battling cancer. The publication, quoting family sources, said the cancer was only diagnosed recently.


It added that the family is considering a memorial service to celebrate the life and times of the deceased.

Modu was born to Nigerian parents in Arondizuogu area of Imo state. His family fled Nigeria to New Jersey due to the raging civil war at the time.

He started his photography career shooting for several local newspapers in New York including the New York Amsterdam News and The Source.


Modu was widely known for his personal and intimate camera angles of prominent music artistes including Biggie, Tupac Shakur, Snoop Dogg, Mobb Deep, LL Cool J, Mary J. Blige, the Notorious B.I.G. and Wu-Tang Clan.

In the statement announcing his death, his family had said the development left “our hearts broken” and called on the public to respect their privacy as they grapple with the loss.

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