Common’s Father, “Pops”, Passes Away At 71

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Common introduced generations of fans to the evocative and inspired spoken-word poetry of his father, Lonnie Lynn, and the soulful artist fittingly known as “Pops” has passed away at the age of 71, according to the Associated Press.

The Grammy-winning rapper, actor, author and activist, whose real name is Lonnie Rashid Lynn Jr, confirmed the passing in an interview on Monday. The cause of Pops’ death was not disclosed.

“He was truly a natural poet and master of words. His personality and soul shined through his work,” said Common in the interview Monday.

“The way he said things made me look at life and the world in a new way, in a different way. They always sparked a thought in my head. His words would always make me strive to achieve higher, to write better, to be more truthful with my words.”