The New York native studied law at Georgetown and began his career at Def Jam. After several years, Ossé took to blogging and quickly became well known. Using his influence, he started The Combat Jack Show podcast. If you haven’t taken the time, do that now. It is some of the most entertaining interviews on the internet.
His battle with colon cancer was short lived. He first made the news known on October 23, 2017.
“In 7 years of podcasting, I’ve never missed an episode. I got hit with some real life shit. I was recently diagnosed with Colon Cancer. I was rushed to the hospital, had some pretty severe surgery.”
— The Common Denominator (@Its_AKing) October 23, 2017
Rest in peace Ossé
Below are some tributes by his friends.
Rest in peace Combat Jack.
— Alchemist (@Alchemist) December 20, 2017
Heartbreaking. RIP Reggie "Combat Jack" Osse. Great man, storyteller and leader. Your contributions to hip hop will never ever be forgotten. Ultimate salute. pic.twitter.com/McK0F9TvYp
— Elliott Wilson (@ElliottWilson) December 20, 2017
R.i.p Combat jack !!! We gonna miss u king!! pic.twitter.com/aYBfv1JjvY
— Raekwon Da Chef (@Raekwon) December 20, 2017
RIP Combat Jack. No words suffice to capture the multitudes he possessed. A rap encyclopedia who could spin stories about both Bronx block parties & the Paradise Garage. A brilliant interviewer & attorney. A kind gentle soul who understood & cared about the culture like no other.
— Otto Von Biz Markie (@Passionweiss) December 20, 2017
DAMN MAN REST IN PEACE TO MY BROTHER @Combat_Jack ONE OF THE FIRST PEOPLE TO EVER EMBRACE ME IN THIS WHOLE SHIT. MY HEART IS HEAVY MAN FUCK. LOVE ALWAYS.
— FUCK THATS DELICIOUS (@ActionBronson) December 20, 2017