Philadelphia bred, Brooklyn-based rapper Chynna Rogers has died at the age of 25. According to Page Six, the Philadelphia Department of Public Health confirmed that Rogers died due to an accidental drug overdose.
“I can regrettably confirm Chynna passed away,” her manager John Miller confirmed with Stereogum via email. He also added that her family said, “Chynna was deeply loved and will be sorely missed.”
Immediately following numerous reports of her untimely death, fans and those within the creative industry began sharing personal stories of their time spent with her. Rappers Kari Faux, Kirk Knight and photographer Quil Lemons were a few individuals who shared poignant details on the multi-hyphenate’s life.
Knight’s post read:
“Top 5 realist people I ever had in my life. Shit you were one of the main people that push me 2 where I’m at mentally, it’s crazy cuhz just last night were was celebrating the fact nighas don’t even making it 2 25 sis I love you and miss the fuck outta you. The world already got lonelier for me.”
Faux shared the following:
“Bro you got me so fucked up right now. My head hurts from crying. You called me a few days ago and said “I need some advice” and I remember we both laughed cause you never asked for advice. You lived your life the way you wanted to but it made me feel good that you would come to me for any type of counsel. We have butted heads but we never beefed. The love and respect between us was way too real. You are one in a billion. In a league of your own. A legend. A visionary. Rap Game Laura Croft. My sister. I’m going to miss you so much. RIL Chyna.”
Rogers began her career as a model initially signing to Ford Models at 14. She’d later go on to move to New York in hopes of interning for A$AP Mob’s founder A$AP Yams. The two would instead become friends, reports Billboard. Yams inspired and pushed Chynna to pursue her career in music.
As the years went on, she would continue releasing singles and projects that picked up steam within the industry. A few of her most memorable singles include “Selfie” (2013) and “Glen Coco” (2014).
Rogers candidly spoke about her troubles with addiction and covering them on Ninety (2016) in an interview with Billboard. On the subject she shared:
“A lot of it was written at the darkest times of my opiate use. I saw sides of myself that I otherwise would have never seen. They’re not sides that are particularly good, but sides that you need to see to know what you’re capable of. After I put it out, I got hit up a lot by kids and even other artists and homies who originally didn’t feel comfortable admitting they were going through the same things.”
Most recently, she unveiled in case i die first, a project spanning four songs in December. No cause of death has been made public.
Take a look at additional tributes honoring the life of Rogers below.
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