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Cali Swag District Rapper JayAre Dead at 25

"Teach Me How to Dougie" crew suffers another loss

Cali Swag District members Chante 'Yung' Glee, Cahron 'JayAre' Childs and Corey 'C-Smoove' Fowler
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June 7, 2014 1:38 PM ET

Cali Swag District has lost another member with the death of JayAre on Friday at the age of 25. According to MTV News, the rapper, whose real name is Cahron Childs, reportedly suffered from sickle cell anemia and died from cardiac arrest at a hospital after being admitted for unknown reasons on Thursday night.

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The Inglewood, California-based Cali Swag District had a massive hit in 2010 with their first single, "Teach Me How to Dougie." The song ignited a dance craze that even reached First Lady Michelle Obama, who demonstrated the moves on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. But tragedy struck the group the year after the single's release, when member Montae "M-Bone" Talbert was murdered during a drive-by shooting in Los Angeles in May 2011. M-Bone was 22 years old at the time. The three remaining members released their debut album The Kickback two months after M-Bone's death.

The group just dropped a new mixtape titled The District earlier this year, featuring collaborations with Nipsey Hussle, Waka Flaka Flame, Problem and Ty Dolla $ign.

Corey "Smoove Da General" Fowler, one of the two remaining members of Cali Swag District, tweeted out a tribute to JayAre late on Friday. "Sickle cell took my brother away from me today," he wrote. "With that being said I'm proud to know that with that disease he made the best of his life."

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