British rapper Blaine Johnson, who performed under the name Cadet, has died in a car crash while on his way to a gig in Staffordshire.
Johnson, who was just 28, was on his way to Keele University where he was due to perform at a student night.
Confirming the tragic news, his family said: 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.
His family shared the sad news in a statement. Credit: Instagram
"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."
The rapper's Instagram page has been set to private.
Tributes have poured in on social media since the news broke, with Example writing: "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."
Meanwhile fellow rapper Giggs shared a snap of them together and the caption: "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."
Sharing a video of a performance on Twitter, DJ Semtex wrote: "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' on the best time to do an interview on his next single. Rip Cadet."
Krept and Konan rapper Casyo Johnson also posted: "You finally started getting the recognition you deserved. I'm so proud of you. My left lung. I'm devastated and broken right now."
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