Andre Benjamin (Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

(The Root) -- Rapper Andre Benjamin, aka Andre 3000, of the group Outkast has suffered a devastating loss. His mother was found dead on Tuesday, Billboard has confirmed -- one day after his birthday.

Benjamin's mother, Sharon Benjamin-Hodo, was the founder of the Starlight Camp in Georgia, a program for underprivileged children. The family has encouraged continued support for the foundation in lieu of flowers.

Black celebs sent messages of condolences to the Benjamin-Hodo family via Twitter upon hearing the news. Check out some of the tweets below.

— Russell Simmons (@UncleRUSH) May 29, 2013
— Jackée Harry (@JackeeHarry) May 29, 2013
— Bun B (@BunBTrillOG) May 29, 2013
— Jermaine Dupri (@jermainedupri) May 29, 2013
— 9th Wonder (@9thWonderMusic) May 29, 2013
— Funk Flex !!!!!(@funkmasterflex) May 29, 2013

Tracy Clayton is a writer, humorist and blogger from Louisville, Ky.