Singer Songwriter August 08 Dead @ 31.

Los Angeles singer-songwriter August 08 has died at age 31.

His sister LaSherry McKinney confirmed his death as she paid tribute, hailing him for “living a life full of abundance”.

She wrote: “He was able to travel the world, and touch millions of people while fulfilling his soul purpose as a musician.

“I am proud to have a brother who lives on through music, and I encourage you all to keep streaming his records and telling everyone how great he is.”

Born Ray Jacobs, August was the first signee to Jhene Aiko’s Allel Sound label and released his first EP under her imprint in July 2022. Titled Towards the Moon, August’s project was anchored by his song “Water Sign” with Aiko. Towards the Moon was the follow-up to his April 2022 EP Towards the Sun.

He also co-wrote DJ Khaled’s chart-topper I’m The One as well as Fashion Week by Wale and G-Easy.

Record label Def Jam said in a statement: “The entire Def Jam family mourns the tragic loss of Ray’ August 08′ Jacobs.

“A brilliant songwriter, an accomplished musician and a singular artist, August will remain in our memory as a beloved colleague and friend.

“We extend our deepest sympathies to his family and loved ones.”

August 08 was introduced to music by his cousins, and together they would use the software Fruit Loops to create tunes.

Before working with Def Jam, August 08 previously signed with music company 88rising.

The team described the musician as a “talented genius” in an emotional tribute on social media.

They wrote: “RIP August the kindest and most talented genius you will be missed beyond words.

“Thank you for being an amazing mentor and a steadfast friend through all these years.

“We are forever grateful to you and the joy you brought in every room, through every song.

“Your energy, guidance and care gave so much inspiration and strength that will be carried on always.

“Thank you for helping us be brave. We will miss you so much, love you August.”