British rapper Cadet has died in a horror taxi crash while traveling to perform a concert in Staffordshire in the early hours of the morning, police have confirmed.
The 28-year-old rapper, real name Blaine Johnson, was set to perform at Keele University’s student union when he was killed at around 1.30am on Saturday.
Staffordshire Police reported that officers responded to a crash involving a Vauxhall van and a Toyota Prius on Main Road, Betley in the early hours of the morning.
Officers have announced that Blaine Johnson was the male killed in the crash.
They said the 28-year-old male from London had died at the scene while being a passenger in the Toyota, with the drivers of both vehicles taken to hospital for serious injuries. Three further passengers in the Toyota were treated at nearby Leighton Hospital, Crewe.
Johnson’s family confirmed his death earlier in the morning in a statement on his Instagram account, before making the rapper’s page private.
They 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.”
Tributes pour in for the rapper
Johnson’s cousin, popular rapper Krept – real name Casyo Johnson – shared a childhood photograph of the pair while paying a heartbreaking tribute.
He said: “My life will never be the same again. I love you and will forever miss you. I can’t believe it. I am heartbroken. My left lung. Im devastated and broken right now.”
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.”
Rapper Giggs posted a photograph of Cadet on his Instagram, writing: “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.”
YouTuber Miniminter wrote: “Waking up to this is heartbreaking, he was finally getting the recognition he deserved. RIP Cadet.”
Another YouTuber, KSI – real name Olajide Olatunji – wrote: “RIP Cadet.”
Wireless Festival slot still held
Cadet, who had 300,000 followers on Instagram and 30,000 followers on Twitter had been dubbed as one of the rising stars of 2019. Johnson was set to perform at Wireless Festival later this year, and was repeatedly played by Radio 1 and Kiss FM, boosting his exposure to new fans across the country.
Wireless Festival confirmed that his slot at the festival will be kept clear as a time to reflect on his life.
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.”
Keele University Student’s Union said in a statement: “We are deeply saddened to hear the tragic news that Cadet passed away en route to keel in the early hours of this morning. We would like to offer our sincere condolences to his loved ones at this difficult time.”
Staffordshire Police confirmed specialist officers are supporting Johnson’s family and are appealing for witnesses or anyone with relevant dashcam footage of the incident to contact 101, quoting incident 45 of 9 February.