*The hip hop world has lost another respected artist to cancer.

DJ Hideo, who worked with several radio stations and opened for such West coast acts as Xzibit and Coolio , died of colon cancer on Saturday (April 24) at Mission Hospital in Orange County, California. He was 42.

Hideo launched a Web site shortly after his diagnosis in February to document his battle with the disease.

“My story begins on the day of February 03, 2009 when I admitted myself to emergency at the Mission hospital in Mission Viejo, Ca.,” he wrote in a posting dated Feb. 14. “Within a few hours after checking in and performing several tests, I underwent a CT scan. The results were stage four colon cancer, the last thing I could have ever imagined. Since the cancer is metastasized, I was told that the cancer has also spread to my liver. I was admitted to the hospital soon after and scheduled for a colonoscopy the next day.”

DJ Hideo undergoes chemotherapy in his battle with colon cancer

In his last posting, dated April 25, he wrote: “Hi everyone! Wanted to let everybody know that I check in back @ Mission hospital last week because of the weakness that I’ve been feeling for the past week. My vitals are stable and now need the assistance of a ventilator to breathe. I’m very aware of my condition and communicate in writing. Right now, the one thing I really do miss is drinking a nice ice cold soda.”

Rapper Talib Kweli was among the first to pay tribute. In a post on his Twitter page, he wrote: “RIP to my homie DJ Hideo. You will be missed my man. One love.”

Last week, Gang Starr rapper Guru died of cancer at age 43.