NEW YORK (PIX11) - Hip-hop legend "Big Bank Hank" of the Sugarhill Gang died early Tuesday at the age of 57 following a battle with cancer.
Born Henry Jackson, Big Bank Hank founded the group with Guy "Master Gee" O'Brien and "Wonder Mike" Wright, and the Sugarhill Gang would go on to become hip-hop pioneers. Their 1979 hit "Rapper's Delight" is now listed No. 248 on the Rolling Stone list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
His former band mates released the following statement today:
"So sad to hear about our brother's passing. The 3 of us created musical history together with the release of Rapper's Delight. We will always remember traveling the world together and rocking the house. Rest in peace Big Bank."
Big Bank Hank died in Englewood, New Jersey, according to David Mallie, who still works with Master Gee and Wonder Mike.