Man Who Died in Lake Tapps Identified as Marcus "Fly" Henderson

Marcus Henderson was 20 years old and visiting Lake Tapps from Minnesota. To his fans, he's hip hop artist 'Fly Henderson.'

The man has been identified as 20 year-old Marcus Henderson, according to the Pierce County Medical Examiner.

KIRO TV reports that Henderson was swimming in the lake in the late afternoon of July 21 with his girlfriend when he slipped under the water. Witnesses say she tried to save him but she slipped under herself. Another swimmer was able to pull her to shore but unable to save Henderson.

East Pierce rescue crews searched the lake for hours and, as it got late, used sonar detection to find him. He was recovered from the lake just before midnight on July 22.

Henderson was talented, chasing his dreams and going to do something with his life, said Patch user Amanda, who commented on our first story. In the Midwest, he's known as Fly Henderson, a rising hip hop star with a popular YouTube channel and Facebook page.

Since his death, friends and fans have been posting tributes on his Facebook wall.

"‎I want history, the world must remember me, physically and mentally, dont wanna pass away and my name's still a mystery." - Fly Henderson

We love you fly !!!! Your music will always live on .

R.I.P Bro, your music will be forever. Doesnt seem real

R.I.P. Fly :( i hope you are safe in heaven with God ♥ You will be forever loved and missed

On his website, Henderson said he drew his musical inspiration from a difficult childhood -- his father was incarcerated and he moved several times as a young child. After his father was released from prision, Henderson spent as much time with him as possible, but he passed away on Henderson's 10th birthday.

He said "everything went downhill from there," and he started to get into trouble. But, he soon realized that, even though times are hard, "life goes on and so will he."

On his website, he details his philosophy as "PH8 – Fate", which is "the development of events beyond a person’s control, regarded as determined by a supernatural power." The key elements are loyalty, love, respect, knowledge and understanding.

"I (Fly Henderson) am the founder of this belief and I believe if more people follow my journey to the top through hard work and positivity with music they too can be inspired to do great things with what ever it is they do."

Keandrea Shelby July 23, 2012 at 08:53 PM
Love & miss you brother. You'll forever live on through this music!! Gone but NEVER forgotten! &= PH8
shanika neal July 23, 2012 at 09:51 PM
I love you and miss you Marcus! -Your cousin Nika <3
Curran Maguire July 23, 2012 at 10:14 PM
Forever immortalized in music.. And influence to us all.. R.I.P Fly,
Tekeyah Stewart July 23, 2012 at 10:51 PM
R.I.P Marcus! you will be missed by many but your music lives on. &=PH8
Yung $tud July 23, 2012 at 10:51 PM
Joy July 23, 2012 at 11:15 PM
RIP Fly forever in our hearts love Joy and Janiyah
Jennifer Nwoye July 24, 2012 at 12:45 AM
I can't stop crying you are truly a role model I'll still expose your music to everyone it was great seeing you in Cali I love you :'( my prayers to your family, girlfriend, rocky, friends, and fans this is so tragic.
Tanya July 24, 2012 at 01:53 AM
I have not ever met you but I will say that this is tragic and my family will be praying for yours. Rest in paradise young angel
Chelsea July 24, 2012 at 02:04 AM
RIP <3
kaybae July 24, 2012 at 02:04 AM
Its never ok for such a young soul to be taken so suddenly. Your music and great personality will forever live on. May you rest in paradise. #Forever Fly
Natasha July 24, 2012 at 02:57 AM
R.I.P Marcuss Your Truly Missed :'(
Marissa Lynn July 24, 2012 at 05:06 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kJrSqoGCUBs Just have to listen & you'll get a feel of how he was....RIP &=
Samuel Senegal July 24, 2012 at 09:12 AM
He was the first rapper that I saw on youtube go from just a guy who made mix tapes to a guy who made his dream happen and succeeded at least he died doing the right time. Dont worry Fly your in HISTORY
Khamiyahtalbert July 24, 2012 at 01:05 PM
Rest in paradise Marcus fly Henderson...I guess you got ur wings now...forever aint enough...&= ph8 pr$....the bros got you believe that...your name and music is not a mystery it's a legacy...#Love :)
Breez July 24, 2012 at 07:49 PM
My Bestfriend is gone. This still seems so unreal, but I know I will see you again. I will never forget, undermine or replace the spot that is your's in my heart. I love you & you will ALWAYS be my bestfriend & a part of me. PH8 til forever & forever ain't enough <3
Amy Anderson July 25, 2012 at 03:07 AM
My heart goes out to his girl friend that had to see this happen. May he rest in peace!
msscott July 25, 2012 at 06:26 AM
R.I.P Marcus miss yu Nd love yu.....kisses sent to heaven
phillip k. burt July 28, 2012 at 09:25 PM
aye i miss u why god why that was my broddie R.I.P. *tears*
DubbSCG July 30, 2012 at 08:08 PM
man thanks for helping put us on the map being a huge impact on Minnesota rap. Rest in player pieces mane
Jontel August 10, 2012 at 04:55 AM
Love you cuz,we will never you your in a safe place now you made minnesota huge rip fly henderson forever aint enough fly like a plane love you bro
jay August 11, 2012 at 12:11 AM
fantastic rapper i'm sad he had to leave the world so early R.I.P
Mahnona Finiti August 21, 2012 at 07:27 PM
Mahnona Finiti Baby Broooooooooooooooooooooo. I know you hear me. A month from 2day I speak. FLyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy. I love uuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu.
thomas August 29, 2012 at 04:43 PM
i will miss you big cuz always in memory forever aint enough love always you lil cuzin thomas & =
Rosalindaperez October 01, 2012 at 11:55 PM
I love your music and u will always be in my memory and i love you


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