Brendon Whitney, best known as the rapper-producer Alias and the co-founder of the label Anticon, has passed away. He was 41.
The sad news was confirmed by Anticon, as the label posted a tribute message alongside a photo of Whitney with his family. His collaborator Sage Francis confirmed that Whitney had died of a heart attack.
Hailing from Maine, Whitney moved to California and co-founded Anticon in 1998. He went on to have a productive career, releasing numerous albums and EPs in addition to racking up production credits. He eventually moved back to East Coast and settled in Portland, ME.
Below, read tributes from some of his friends, collaborators and peers.