Unfortunately, a fair amount of talented hip-hop artists have passed away over the years. There's no easy way around it, but fame and fortune sometimes take the ultimate toll on an individual. We've seen it happen all too often over the years, and just today, we found out about the passing of an underground MC Pumpkinhead.

From drug overdoses to murders to cancer, rap has seen its fair share of misfortune. Tupac and Biggie's deaths may be the most publicized, but there are a load of other artists who have fallen during their journey.

Death is never a good thing, and this is in no way of 'ranking' of deaths, but occasionally the passing of someone great, or someone whose full potential was not yet realized, can really shake up the hip-hop community.

Here are 15 instances of when a artist's death did just that.