By Simon Vozick-Levinson
Updated October 18, 2010 at 06:43 PM EDT

Image Credit: Dan MonickMinnesota rapper Eyedea has passed away at age 28. His mother tells the Associated Press that he died in his sleep at his home in St. Paul on Oct. 16. A cause of death has not been established.

Born Michael Larsen, Eyedea recorded several albums for noted indie label Rhymesayers. He most often worked with a close partner, DJ Abilities, as the duo Eyedea & Abilities. (Watch Eyedea & Abilities’ 2009 video for “Smile” after the jump.)

“It is with great pain and sadness that I tell you my son Mikey (Eyedea) has passed away,” his mother said in a statement posted on his record label’s website. “At this time we kindly request you respect our privacy as we process this devastating loss.”

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