Clarence Reid, best known by his stage name Blowly passed away on Sunday (Jan 17) at 76.
According to AFP via The Straits Times, his manager and drummer Tom Bowker posted the news to Reid's Facebook account writing "the genius known both by his given name and as Blowfly, the Master of Class, passed peacefully today."
He had entered hospice care due to terminal liver cancer and multiple organ failure on Tuesday (Jan 12).
Reid started his music career as a songwriter for TK Records where he wrote sould and funk songs in the 1960s and 1970s for other artists before coming up with his own Blowfly character.
His sexually explicit lyrics spanned soul to hip-hop and he is considered "one of the earliest rappers" by Rolling Stone magazine.
Big names form the music industry wished Reid farewell:
"RIP and respect to the ORIGINAL. 'Blowfly,'" Ice-T wrote on Twitter.
Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea meanwhile wrote: "I had the great privilege of playing with BLOWFLY. So much joy. R.I.P. Clarence Reid."