Cadet, the British rapper, has died in a car accident on the way to a concert, his family said in a statement.
Otherwise known as Blaine Johnson, the 28-year-old was travelling in a taxi to Keele University, Staffordshire, where he was scheduled to perform at the student union, when the fatal crash occurred.
“We, the family of Blaine Cameron Johnson known as Cadet (Underrated Legend), would like to share the sad news that during the early hours of 9 February 2019 he passed away as a passenger in a taxi, en route to a performance,” his family confirmed on the south London musician’s Instagram account.
“Right now we the family appreciate your patience and will share with you any information as and when we can. Thanks for your support in advance.”
Cadet first gained a following through freestyle videos posted on YouTube, before releasing his well-received first mixtape, The Commitment, in 2016. In addition to his own headline shows, he supported Krept & Konan on tour, along with the Manchester rapper Bugzy Malone, and often appeared on BBC Radio 1Xtra.
He was due to perform at the Wireless festival in London this summer. In the billing on its website, the festival said: “The proclaimed ‘Underrated Legend’, Cadet, stepped into the music scene during the second half of 2015 with a hard-hitting freestyle reaching over half a million views in just a few months. This was quickly followed by another heartfelt freestyle. Cadet is tipped for an unstoppable career.”
The festival tweeted on Saturday that it would be keeping Cadet’s performance “as a time to reflect on the memory of Blaine”.
Tributes poured in from a number of other artists, including Cadet’s cousin Casyo Johnson, known professionally as Krept.
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