Hip-hop community is losing another of its own. Rapper and model Chynna Rogers has passed away at 25 years old. “I can regrettably confirm Chynna passed away today,” read a statement released by her management team on Wednesday, April 8. It added, “Chynna was deeply loved and will be sorely missed.”
Her manager John Miller tells PEOPLE that the West Philadelphia native died at her home in Philadelphia. No cause of death is given as of press time.
Ironically, just four months ago Chynna released new EP titled “In Case I Die First”, which sounded like a premonition of her impending demise. The 5’10” star got her start in the entertainment industry at 14 years old when she was scouted by Ford Models at New Jersey’s Six Flags Great Adventure.
Chynna began to span her wings to music while in high school and was mentored by A$AP Yams, who died in 2015. “I didn’t know the word ‘intern’ yet, but I was like, ‘Do you want someone to follow you around?’ ” she said in January 2018 interview with Pitchfork.
Chynna later developed a friendship with A$AP Rocky and A$AP Ferg. Her affiliation with the A$AP Mob members helped her first gain traction in the hip-hop scene. She found online success after releasing her first two singles, 2013’s “Selfie” and 2014’s “Glen Coco”.
She followed those up with several EPs, including 2015’s “I’m Not Here. This Isn’t Happening” and 2016’s “music 2 die 2”. The artist once described that her music was “for angry people with too much pride to show how angry they are.”
In the wake of her rising fame, Chynna was struggling with opiate addiction, which she addressed on her mixtape “Ninety”. The album was released on her 22nd birthday in August 2016, after three months of sobriety. She later explained her decision to get sober, “It got to the point where I had to do something just to be able to get onstage and do my job. I didn’t like that.”