How did MF Doom die? A look at Marvel fan and rapper Daniel Dumile's life and career before his death at 49

Doom's wife, Jasmine, announced that the rapper died on October 31, two months prior to her Instagram post


                            How did MF Doom die? A look at Marvel fan and rapper Daniel Dumile's life and career before his death at 49
Rapper MF DOOM performs at a benefit concert for the Rhino Foundation at Central Park's Rumsey Playfield on June 28, 2005 in New York City. (Photo by Peter Kramer/Getty Images)
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Lifetime Marvel fan and rapper Daniel Dumile -- also known to the world as MF Doom -- has died, it was revealed in an Instagram post shared by his wife, Jasmine, on December 31, 2020. She stated the rapper had passed away exactly two months ago, on October 31. We take a closer look at his life, his career, and the works that made him so well known around the world. 

Dumile's wife shared an image of the rapper, along with the following message: "The greatest husband, father, teacher, student, business partner, lover and friend I could ever ask for. Thank you for all the things you have shown, taught and given to me, our children and our family. Thank you for teaching me how to forgive beings and give another chance, not to be so quick to judge and write off. Thank you for showing how not to be afraid to love and be the best person I could ever be. My world will never be the same without you. Words will never express what you and Malachi mean to me, I love both and adore you always. May THE ALL continue to bless you, our family and the planet." 

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Rapper MF DOOM performs at a benefit concert for the Rhino Foundation at Central Park's Rumsey Playfield on June 28, 2005 in New York City. (Photo by Peter Kramer/Getty Images)

 

Who was MF Doom?

Daniel Dumile, or MF Doom, was a British rapper, songwriter, and record producer who began his career circa 1998. His MF Doom persona saw him don a metal mask modeled after the Mavel Comics' Fantastic Four Villain, Victor von Doom -- otherwise known as Doctor Doom. He maintained that persona for the rest of his career, and included an image of Doctor Doom on one of his albums, 'Operation: Doomsday.' Born on 9 January 1971 in London, England, his family moved to New York when he was a child, though he remained a British citizen. 

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Rapper MF DOOM performs at a benefit concert for the Rhino Foundation at Central Park's Rumsey Playfield on June 28, 2005 in New York City. Photo by Peter Kramer/Getty Images)

 

A look at his life and career

Doom knew what kind of career he wanted at an early age -- he began working as a DJ as a child, his first summer job was DJing just as he finished third grade. He began a career in hip-hop in 1988, though it wasn't until a decade later that he found what really clicked with him. In 1997, he created the MF Doom persona, chanelling the Marvel Comics villain Doctor Doom by wearing a familiar (but legally distinct) mask of the villain. He kept this mask on at all times while performing, and did not allow himself to be photographed without it -- aside from very short appearances in videos as Victor Vaugh -- a reference to Victor von Doom.

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He collaborated with several artists, including Danger Mouse, Ghostface Killah, Madlip and Bishop Nehru, and released a number of his own albums, the most notable of which are 'Operation: Doomsday', and 'Born Like This.' His collaborations with other artists have been the most popular, and he hasn't released a solo album since 2009's 'Born Like This.' 

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How did MF Doom die?

There is no cause of death yet revealed for MF Doom. We will update this page as and when we get more information.