British Rapper Cadet Dies at 28

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Cadet performs on stage at the O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire on Nov. 26, 2015 in London.

U.K. hip-hop stars have paid tribute to rising rapper Cadet, who was killed in a car crash early Saturday (Feb. 8) on the way to a performance in central England.

Management of the 28-year-old musician says he was a passenger in a taxi that collided with another vehicle near Keele University, where he was due to perform a late-night gig.

Staffordshire Police says a 28-year-old man died in a two-car collision at about 1:30 a.m. in the village of Betley, 150 miles (240 kilometers) northwest of London. The drivers of both vehicles were seriously hurt.

The up-and-coming London musician had amassed millions of views on YouTube, and was booked to play at this summer’s Wireless Festival.

On Instagram, the family of the rapper, whose real name is Blaine Cameron Johnson, thanked fans for their support and promised to “share with you any information as and when we can.”

Rapper Krept, Cadet’s cousin, posted on Instagram: “I am so so broken right now cuz. I love you and i am so proud of you. You finally started getting the recognition you deserved.”

Musician and producer Example tweeted: “Smiling nonstop when I was with you, first time we met I felt as if I’d known you my whole life. Mad humble guy. RIP Cadet.”


@callmecadet My big bro. No cap when I say this, my BIG BRO. You looked after man and made sure I was good. We just went silver, we just won awards together, we had one of the biggest UK hits last year and we were put onto the Wireless line up. I can’t believe this fr man. Just bought ur new crib aswell -- I’m so baffled I can’t lie, you were too young and in your prime, this was meant to be YOUR year! We’ll always have love for you my guy, if you knew Cadet personally, you would know he wouldn’t want any of us to be sad rn tho, More condolences to @kreptplaydirty and the rest of your family ---- Long Live Blaine, #RIPCadet, the motherfucking OG.. The #UnderratedLegend became the Legend he is. ----

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Look at what everyone is saying about you, I proper don’t even know what to type this feels mad weird. I was gonna write a long speech about how I met you and what you’ve done for me but where does man start. Everyone loves you look at what everyone has to say about your heart and character. This guy ALWAYS, as in literally every single time I see him greets me with a “I love you lil bro”, the last few times we’ve seen each other that’s all we say, we haven’t even caught up, man just sees you and you say you know I love you lil bro and I say bro from early I love you. This guy has saved my arse when I was dead broke and made it a duty to let me know you’ve got my back, like that’s all you say and remind me. IThis man exudes love. I can’t even explain how clean hearted you are, look what you mean to everyone. No one will ever forget you big bro, words can’t do anything justice right now but rest in peace to the absolute REALEST and I can say that with my hand on my heart. Love you bro --------

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