A BRITISH rapper has died at the age of 28 in a horror smash on the way to a gig.
Cadet, real name Blaine Johnson, was killed when the taxi he was traveling in crashed in the early hours of this morning.
Very Sad news for the whole scene today, may he rest in peace.
His family confirmed news over his death in a statement: “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 9th February 2019 he passed away as a passenger in a taxi, en route to a performance.
“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.
“Love The Johnson Family #cadetcadet #imbuff #underratedlegend #ripcadet.”
His Instagram account has since been set to private.
Tributes have poured since the tragic news broke early this morning.
Rapper Giggs posted a picture of the artist on his Instagram and wrote: “Proper sad and shocked to hear this. Really sorry to Cadets family man,prayers and blessings to his family at this hard time. RIP CADET.”
Example wrote: “Was chatting to you only last week about how excited you were for some festivals this summer. So much positive energy. 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”.
Sharing a childhood photograph of the pair together, rapper Krept said: “My life will never be the same again. I love you and will forever miss you. I cant believe it. I am heartbroken. Rest in peace cuz.
“You finally started getting the recognition you deserved. Im so proud of you. My left lung. Im devestated and broken right now [sic]”.
DJ Semtex shared a video on Twitter and said: “Cant believe it… I was on stage with him last week. Never seen a man so happy. Everything was working out for him.
“This was gonna be his year. We were plottin [sic] on the best time to do an interview on his next single. Rip Cadet”.
Mega So Solid paid tribute, saying: “He brought life & substance to the uk music scene Cadet #RiP”
One fan wrote: “This sudden & unexpected news about Cadet is saddening…life is actually fleeting; Rest in Power Cadet, he was way too young.”
Entertainment group The Creatives wrote: “We’re in total shock! Rest in Paradise to UK Rap Superstar Callmecadet .
“Your musical abilities, your flows, concepts and acting levels are forever incredible. All our love & stength towards the Johnson family and his supporters.”
The rising star, who found success on YouTube, was due to perform at Wireless Festival 2019.
Announcing his schedule, 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.”
Wireless confirmed today that his slot will be kept on the schedule as a time to reflect on his memory.
They tweeted: “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family, friends and fans, of Cadet. Such sad news. We’ll be keeping his Wireless performance as a time to reflect on the memory of Blaine.”