Melvin ‘Magoo’ Barcliff, one half of the celebrated rap duo Timbaland & Magoo since 1989, has passed away. On August 13, the sad news of Magoo’s demise was confirmed, sending shockwaves of grief throughout fans and the music industry.
R&B star and music producer Digital Black announced the news in an Instagram post, sharing the cover of Magoo and Timbaland’s 1997 “Welcome to Our World” album.
“Man can’t believe this RIH Magoo damn big bro wasn’t [sic] ready for this at all #superfriends,” he wrote.
Longtime friend and “Pony” hit singer Ginuwine, meanwhile, reminded his Instagram followers that “time is short” in a tribute to Magoo, whose real name was Melvin Barcliff.
“I don’t even know how to say anything at this point, I have lost 3 friends now within a month to LIFE and it’s [sic] due date ….this dude always pushed me …I will mis [sic] you maganooo that’s what we called him,” Ginuwine wrote in his emotional caption.
The “Up Jumps Da’ Boogie” performer’s cause of death is not yet known. But according to multiple sources, Magoo’s death is believed to be due to a suspected heart attack.
An elderly person may come to mind when imagining someone who had a heart attack but know this: Young African Americans like Magoo have also been living with and dying from the condition. In fact, while 6.2 million Americans have heart failure, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Black people have a higher risk than any other race, and symptoms may emerge at a younger age than in other populations.
One out of every 100 black men and women, heart failure developed before the age of 50. That’s 20 times the rate of heart failure in white people under age 50. The average age for heart failure in Black study participants? Just 39 years old.
Researchers found a nearly 20% increase in the risk of major adverse cardiac events among young, Black adults from 2007 to 2017, including:
- 30% increased risk of heart attack and heart rhythm disturbances;
- 90% increased risk of a blood clot in one of the big arteries (pulmonary) of the heart;
- 150% increased risk of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest;
- 200% increased risk of cardiogenic shock; and
- 50% increased risk of stroke.
Magoo is best known for his Timbaland & Magoo songs like “Up Jumps Da Boogie” (feat. Missy Elliott and Aaliyah), “Clock Strikes” (feat. Mad Skillz), “Luv 2 Luv Ya (Remix)” (feat. Shaunta and Playa), and “All Y’all” (feat. Tweet and Sebastian). Magoo also notably appeared on Missy Elliott’s “Beep Me 911,” Ginuwine’s “G Thang,” and a remix of Jodeci’s “What About Us.”
Besides his work with Magoo, Timbaland produced some of the biggest hits of the ‘90s and 2000s, including work with Aaliyah, Missy Elliott, Justin Timberlake, Jay-Z, Ludacris, Nelly Furtado, Nas, Keri Hilson and Madonna. Timbaland, whose real name is Tim Mosley, also created the popular webcast series “Verzuz” with fellow producer Swizz Beatz.
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While their debut was released in the late 90s, Magoo and Timbaland’s partnership started when they were merely teenagers in the early 90s. After their encounter, their shared