Hip-hop world mourns Chynna, Philly rapper and model dead at 25

An accidental overdose was the reported cause of death.

Chynna's most recent release was in December 2019

Chynna's most recent release was in December 2019

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Update Apr. 13: There’s a GoFundMe to help Chynna’s family with memorial expenses.  

Philadelphia rapper and model Chynna Rogers died Wednesday at 25 years old, multiple outlets have reported.

“Chynna was deeply loved and will be sorely missed,” her family said in a statement released by management.

A city health department spokesperson on Thursday told the Inquirer an accidental overdose was the cause of death.

The West Philly native entered the entertainment industry at 14 when she signed with Ford Models agency. She went on to form a relationship with A$AP Mob, a hip-hop collective from New York City. She credited the late A$AP Yams for inspiring her to pursue music.

Throughout her burgeoning career, Chynna was profiled by national publications like Billboard, The Fader, Pitchfork and the New York Times.

She blew onto the scene in 2013 and 2014 with her early singles “Selfie,” and “Glen Coco.” In 2015, she dropped another track that gained traction called “The Conversation.”

Known for her raspy, whisper-soft musical voice, Chynna released three singles in 2019: “mood,” “asmr” and “iddd,” which stands for “I don’t do drugs.”

In “iddd,” Chynna’s opening line repeats “I don’t do drugs no more.”

She detailed her battle with addiction in a 2018 Pitchfork profile.

“…I didn’t tell people that I was a drug addict until I got out of rehab,” Chynna said. “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.”

To celebrate 90 days of sobriety, Chynna dropped a six-song project called “Ninety” in 2016.

Local artists, celebrities and fans poured out tributes for the fallen musician on social media.

Comedian and actress Quinta Brunson called Chynna a friend in a tweet saying, “I will love you forever, and we are going to change this world for you.”

Philly rapper Tierra Whack retweeted an interaction she had with Chynna late last year, and added, “We can’t even go to funerals,” referring to social distancing measures prohibiting loved ones from holding in-person memorials and services.

“Rest easy Chynna. We gon miss u sis,” posted A$AP Mob.

Chynna released her final project in December 2019: a four-track, 11-minute EP called “in case i die first.”

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