From Take Me Out To The GoGo Magazine:

Robert Michael Reed -aka- Syke Dyke of Trouble Funk passed away at 10:42 last night of Pancreatic Cancer at the age of 50.

For those who don’t know, Dyke founded Trouble Funk in 1977. He served as musician and vocals for many Trouble Funk tunes…including probably one of his most notible signature rap delivery in the song “Pump Me Up.” Funeral Arrangements and info will be forthcoming…”

There’s lots more info on the message board.