Kunle Thomas, better known as Toronto rapper King Reign, passed away June 28, 2016 after falling into a coma resulting from a heart attack the previous week. He was 40.
Born in 1975 in Toronto to Trinidadian and Guyanese parents, Reign (an acronym for Rhyme Energy in God's Nature) wrote about issues including drug abuse, bullying, racial stereotypes and love with his debut solo full-length Sincere in 2014.
Reign was also a member of Scarborough, ON hip-hop outfit Brassmunk, with whom he secured a major label record deal with Sony and Juno Award nomination. He had also collaborated with Drake, Pharoahe Monch, Saukrates, Boi-1da, Rich Kidd and more.