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Stephen Gaines (right), shown with fellow Zion I member Amp Live, died Friday at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center in Berkeley.Zion I 2014
Berkeley police are investigating the death of Bay Area rapper Stephen Gaines, who went by the stage name Baba Zumbi as part of the group Zion I, after a physical altercation at a hospital, according to officials and people close to Gaines.
Gaines, 49, was a prolific hip-hop musician and MC whose friends and family members recalled him as an “incredible human being” and a “super father” to three sons. It was not immediately known what caused his death Friday morning at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center on Ashby Avenue.