The reports were confirmed by his mother herself on Eyedea's personal Facebook page. "It is with great pain and sadness that I tell you my son Mikey (Eyedea) has passed away. At this time we kindly request your respect and our privacy as we process this devastating loss. On behalf of Mikey's family, close friends and fans, thank you."
According to the St. Paul Star Tribune, his mother said she did not know the cause of death and is awaiting autopsy results. She found him on Saturday and believes he died in his sleep. "He was doing great and had a lot of things going on in his life."
A regular on the battle-scene, Eyedea grew in popularity after strong showings at the 'Scribble Jam' in 1999 and HBO's 'Blaze Battle' in 2000. Teamed with his childhood friend Max Keltgen, aka Abilities -- who himself was a two-time DMC champion -- Eyedea & Abilities garnered respect by everyone in the hip-hop world with releases on the Minneapolis underground hip-hop label Rhymesayers. Prior to Eyedea & Abilities' 2009 album, 'By the Throat,' Larsen started up several musical endeavors, including the improvisational hip-hop project Face Candy, and the rock band Carbon Carousel. He also made solo rap albums under the moniker Oliver Hart and wrote poetry. If you would like to donate to Eyedea's funeral services, his mother has set up a pay-pal link here.
Watch the video for Eyedea & Abilities' 'Smile' after the jump.