(AllHipHop News) Todd-1 was a familiar name for Hip-Hop lovers coming up in the late 80's and 90's, as he was one of the few that was a staple on both MTV and BET as a popular television host. Sadly, Todd-1, real name Todd Muhammad, died Wednesday of a pulmonary embolism, sources told AllHipHop.
Sadly, the blood clot went into his blood stream and caused his tragic death, which has had his friends and family reeling. He was 49.
Activist and artist Queen YaNasda told AllHipHop that Todd-1 was an upstanding individual that imparted wisdom where ever he went.
"Todd 1 was such a dope person across the board. I never missed an episode of MTV Jams when he was hosting it because he was soo funny and such a great interviewer to so many celebs. In a time of no social media we was able to get an inside look of many of my favorite celebrities because of the grand personality of Todd-1. Todd-1 became my close friend in 2014 and we were a part of a close cipher called The Allah Team, she said of her comrade in the Nation of Islam. "We would always catch up on life and whenever he needed relationship advice he always called me. Whenever Todd got a new project he was working on whether it was a podcast with Headkrack or hosting a talk show on Rolling Out he was always trying to figure out ways to get me involved. He was a very loyal and consistent person. A true treasure to us all. I am deeply saddened by the passing of my friend whom I call a brother Todd Muhammad aka Todd-1. Allah (God) truly sent back a gem to the Hip-Hop community."
Todd-1 went from an MTV intern to production assistant to an associate producer that worked with the famed Ted Demme, who who created YO! MTV Raps. Todd began with MTV's "Fade to Black" and it soon morphed into "MTV Jams." Todd wowed audiences with his off offbeat hosting style that was full of humor and lessons. He worked with Babyface, Janet Jackson, Shaquille O'Neal, TLC and Queen Latifah and a host of others. He would then go to BET for a short, but impactful period of time.
Todd continued to stay busy, working with Mike Tyson's fledgling record label, NBA star Derrick Coleman's 44 Ways Entertainment, the Source Magazine's "Source All Access" and as a producer for "Interscope Presents The Next Episode." Earlier this year, he was working with Rolling Out magazine and podcasting. For more on Todd-1 and to see his throwback videos, go here .
Rap legend-turned-media mogul MC Lyte said, "Gone too soon. A beautiful stand-up guy and man of his word. 😢🙏🏾💜🙏🏾💜🙏🏾."