Wireless Festival Will Leave Cadet's Slot Open Following Rapper's Death

The organisers of Wireless Festival have said they will be keeping a slot open that was due to be played by rapper Cadet, who tragically died in the early hours of this morning.

Blaine Cameron Johnson, who performed under the name Cadet, was killed earlier today as he made his way to a gig he was set to play at Keele University.

Since the tragic news broke, hundreds of tributes have flooded in for the star, and now Wireless Festival has tweeted to say it will be keeping the rapper's time slot open, allowing fans to use it as 'time to reflect'.

Sharing the horrific news in a statement via Cadet's official Instagram account, 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.

"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."

Staffordshire Police have also released a statement, in which they say the incident took place in Newcastle-under-Lyme at around 1.30am today.

The statement reads: "At just before 1.30am this morning (Saturday 9 February) police were called to reports of a two-vehicle collision involving a silver Toyota Prius and a red Vauxhall Combo van on Main Road, Betley (A531).

"Emergency services attended and a passenger of the Toyota, a 28-year-old man from London, sadly died at the scene. Specialist officers are supporting the man's family.

"The drivers of both vehicles, a 36-year-old man from Stoke-on-Trent and a 22-year-old man from Crewe, were taken to the Royal Stoke University Hospital with serious injuries. Three further passengers of the Toyota were treated at Leighton Hospital in Crewe."

The news has sent shockwaves through the music industry, with tributes pouring in.

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."

While DJ Semtex shared a video of a performance on Twitter and 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."

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Claire Reid

Claire Reid is a journalist at LADbible. Claire graduated from Liverpool John Moores University with a BA in journalism. She’s previously worked at Trinity Mirror. Since joining LADbible, Claire has worked on pieces for the UOKM8? mental health campaign, the Yemen crisis, life in the Calais Jungle as well as a profile of a man who is turning himself into a cyborg.

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