On February 10, 2006, James Dewitt Yancey, also known as J Dilla, died.
He had suffered from health problems for much of his life. And he was only 32 when he passed away after a heart attack caused by a rare blood disorder.
But in that short time, Dilla established himself among rap and hip-hop's greatest producers, working with A Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul, Busta Rhymes, Erykah Badu, MF Doom, Mos Def, Talib Kweli, The Roots, Slum Village, The Pharcyde, Madlib, Common, and many others.
Now, every year, the hip-hop community convenes in his honor and memory for a holiday called Dilla Day.