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Andre 3000′s Mother, Sharon Benjamin-Hodo, Has Died

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The mother of Andre "3000" Benjamin, Sharon Benjamin-Hodo, has died, Billboard confirms.

Andre, one half of the hit-making duo OutKast, referenced his mother in that group's biggest hit, the 2003 chart-topping, Grammy-winner "Hey Ya!," with the lyrics, "Thank God for Mom and Dad / For sticking to together / Like we don't know how."

Making Benjamin-Hodo's death all the more tragic, she was reportedly found dead in her Atlanta home on Tuesday, one day after her son's 38th birthday, according to the Associated Press. She was 58. Andre was raised by his single mother, before she remarried.

An official cause of death hasn't been announced, but unconfirmed reports say she died in her sleep.

Benjamin-Hodo founded The Starlight Camp for underprivileged youth and is still listed as the contact for the camp, which is operated in conjunction with the New Morning Light Missionary Baptist Church in Conley, Ga., run by her husband, Pastor Robert Hodo.

Although Andre isn't on social networks, condolences are turning up in mass on Twitter, including messages from Funkmaster Flex, Janelle Monae and Russell Simmons.

A spokesman for Benjamin requests that support of The Starlight Camp would be appreciated in lieu of flowers.

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