What’s Story of Rapper Steve Zumbi Gaines’ Cause of Death?
The rapper of Bay Area hip-hop group Zion I, Stephen Zumbi Gaines’ cause of death seems questionable after he passed away suddenly on Friday (August 13) at the age of 49. May the artist rest in peace.
Along with co-founder/producer Amp Live, Zumbi entertained countless crowds with his charismatic delivery and bright positivity. Rumors the 49-year-old artist (real name Steve Gaines) had passed away first kicked off via Twitter on Friday afternoon (August 13); although, close sources and family decided to wait to go public with the confirmation out of respect for his young children.
The heartbreaking news has been confirmed by his family on Friday in a statement, reading, “It is with utter disbelief and great sadness that the Gaines family shares the news of the passing of Steve ‘Zumbi’ Gaines on Friday, August 13, 2021.”
The statement added, “Gaines, 49 and the MC of the critically acclaimed hip-hop group Zion I, passed away at Alta Bates Hospital today in the early morning from unknown causes.”
In recent months on Instagram, Gaines reacted to the death cause of rappers like Biz Markie and friends like Blackalicious’ Gift of Gab and Digital Underground’s Shock G, a fellow Oakland native and now he joined them in paradise. “Feels like an entire generation is leaving us as of late,” Gaines wrote.
Steve Gaines leaves behind his three sons, his mother, and his brother.
Steve Zumbi Gaines’ Cause of Death?
While no official sources revealed Steve Zumbi Gaines’ cause of death at this time, some claim he tested positive for COVID-19 in recent weeks and was in and out of the hospital, but he seemed to be on the mend.
Based on a text from DJ True Justice, who routinely toured with Zumbi, the rapper suffered a catastrophic asthma attack in the hospital and never recovered.
“The family requests privacy in this very challenging time while they await further details. Steve is survived by three sons, his mother, and his brother. He was working on a Zion I reunion tour with longtime producer and collaborator, Amp Live, to honor the legacy of their musical endeavors for their fans, ” the statement continued.
Gaines, a Bay Area native that rapped under the name Zion, first met Amp Live when the pair were students at Morehouse College in the early Nineties.
In Atlanta, they first established the group Meta Four, which briefly signed with Tommy Boy, although no albums were published, before moving back to Gaines’ native Oakland and forming Zion I.
Together, the pair released seven critically praised albums between 2000 and 2012, as well as a pair of collaborative LPs with fellow Bay Area rapper Grouch. Zion I additionally appeared on songs by Linkin Park (“Plc.4 Mie Head“), Guru, Matisyahu, and Bassnectar before Amp Live departed the group in 2016. Zumbi resumed performing and release albums as Zion I, starting with 2016’s The Labyrinth.
In 2016, Zumbi was in the news after Zion I’s 2015 B-side “Tech $” — which documented Gaines’ eviction from East Oakland home due to rising rent prices in the Bay Area — went viral; the video features Gaines and his family packing their belongings into moving boxes.
Zumbi and Amp Live had recently reunited with plans to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their 2000 LP Mind Over Matter on a fall tour. Zion I also performed concerts as recently as late July.
Reactions to Unexpected Death of Steve Zumbi Gaines
Celebrities’ death news always breaks many hearts, but fans kindly remember memories, and their idols are alive in their hearts even after death.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Steve Zumbi Gaines’ family, friends, fans, and all of his loved ones on these tough days. You can also leave a condolence message below the comment box to honor him; Fans widely ask, “what happened to Steve Zumbi Gaines?,” So if you have any related information about his passing, please share it with us.
Quickly after the tragic news was released, many of beloved Zumbi’s friends and fans expressed their sadness on social media by posting their tributes:
A fan wrote, “The death of Bay Area musicians whose music gave me joy has been hard as I grieve my father’s death from a dark place. Rest in Power #zumbi.”
Another said, “Painfully shocked by the death of Baba Zumbi aka Zion I. We released a song together a few months ago called “2 Eyes”. It was an honor and a dream come true to work with him. Sending love to his family and all who loved him. Thank you for everything brother.”
Also, a user tweeted, “Rest in love #ZUMBI. I’m sitting here in disbelief as I type this. Feel like we just spoke on the phone a few weeks ago. Thankful for all our catch up chats, fun shows all over, and adventures in paradise. Sending lots of love to your whole family.”