Philadelphia-based rapper Chynna Rogers (known professionally as Chynna) died yesterday (April 8), her family confirmed through her management to Pitchfork. The cause of death has not yet been released. She was 25 years old.
“Chynna was deeply loved and will be sorely missed,” her family wrote in a statement.
Rogers began her career at 14, when she signed to Ford Models after being discovered at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, N.J. When she was 15, she approached rapper A$AP Yams and asked if she could be his intern. A$AP Yams himself died in 2015 at age 26 due to an accidental overdose, but his affiliation with the A$AP Mob fueled Rogers’ desire to pursue a career as a rapper.
Rogers quickly found success in her music career with singles “Selfie” (2013) and “Glen Coco” (2014), followed by the 2015 EP I’m Not Here, This Isn’t Happening and 2016’s Music 2 Die 2. Her latest release before her death was in case i die first, released in December.
Addiction was a recurring theme in Rogers’ music, notably on the 2016 mixtape Ninety. The mixtape delved into her struggle with an opiate addiction that began as she was getting her music career off the ground. The mixtape was released on her 22nd birthday, after Rogers had completed three months of sobriety.
Watch the music video for Chynna’s “Glen Coco” below.