Michael Larsen, Rapper Known as Eyedea, Dies at 28

Michael Larson aka Rapper Eyedea (YouTube)
Michael Larson aka Rapper Eyedea (YouTube)

NEW YORK (CBS) Minnesota rapper Eyedea, born Michael Larsen, has died in his sleep at the age of 28.

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Known as one of the key fixtures in the underground hip hop scene in the '90s, Larsen was respected for his quick rhythmical delivery, a skill that helped him win freestyle battles, such as HBO's "Blaze Battle" and Ohio's "Scribble Jam."

Larsen's mother, Kathy Averill, told The Associated Press that her son died Saturday in his sleep at home in St. Paul. She says she's awaiting autopsy results.

As one half of the rap duo Eyedea & Abilities, Larsen was one of the stars under hip hop group Atmosphere's indie label Rhymesayers.  He's collaborated with other celebrated underground hip hop artists like Sage Francis, Aesop Rock and Blueprint. 

His single for "Smile" with DJ Abilities can be seen below.