Kottonmouth Kings rapper Saint Dog has died at the age of 44.
The musician, real name Steven Thronson, was found early Wednesday morning in the bedroom of a friend’s house in Victorville, California.
He was pronounced dead at the scene by emergency services.
The death is not being treated as suspicious, with an autopsy due to take place to determine the cause.
Kevin Zinger, executive for Kottonmouth Kings’ record label Suburban Noize, said in a statement to TMZ: ‘Anyone that knew Steve saw what a big heart he had.
‘Some of my fondest memories was watching Steve stop the music in the middle of a Kottonmouth Kings show to bring a handicapped fan in a wheelchair on stage so that he could have a better view of the show and even join in singing a few songs.
‘That was just the kind of person Steve was and he touched so many people in a positive way.
‘His legacy will live on in his music and our hearts go out to his Son Max and his entire family, friends and fans worldwide.’
Kottonmouth Kings was a hip-hop/punk trio that formed in 1994, comprised of Saint Dog, D-Loc and Johnny Richter.
He left the band in 1999 after three albums, but returned in 2015 for the group’s thirteenth release, Ganja Farm.
Their music was often centred around smoking weed, and the band was active in the debate for legalising cannabis.
Tracks included Stoners Reeking Havoc, Royal Highness and Stash Box.
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