Cordes suffered from renal disease and diabetes and was partially paralyzed following a massive stroke in 2005.
On Facebook, P.M. Dawn member Doc. G posted an uplifting remembrance of Prince Be, writing, "Prince Be Rest In Peace Forever More, Pain from diabetes can't harm you anymore, My Heart is at Peace B-Cuz U suffered so long, Tell Grandma I said Hi & Stay Blisstatic & Strong."
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Formed in 1988, P.M. Dawn became the first black rappers to hit #1 on the Hot 100 in 1991, with their highly regarded hit "Set Adrift on Memory Bliss." The group hit the Top 40 in the U.S. three more times in the '90s.