Tributes pour in following death of south London rapper Cadet aged 28
The rapper was killed in a car crash in the early hours of Saturday morning
Rapper Cadet has died in a car accident on his way to a performance at Keele University in Staffordshire.
The 28-year-old - real name Blaine Cameron Johnson - was a rising star in the UK rap scene.
The news reached the artist’s fans via a statement from his family released on Cadet’s Instagram page.
“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 9 February 2019 he passed away as a passenger in a taxi, en route to a performance,” his family confirmed.
“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.”
Absolutely shocking news to wake up to regarding the passing of @Callmecadet. He was genuinely one of the most energetic performers to ever grace the stage at one of our events. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends at this very difficult time 💔🙏🏾 #RIPCadet pic.twitter.com/Mjio5CZXVc
— Musicalize (@Musicalize) February 9, 2019
Cadet was a fan-favourite in the UK rap and grime scenes, building an impressive following through his freestyle videos on YouTube and social media, before releasing his mixtape The Commitment in 2016. He had recently charted in the UK with ‘Advice’ a collaboration between him and singer Deno Driz.
Friends, fans and colleagues in the music industry were quick to pay tribute to the artist. Cadet's cousin Krept - of duo Krept and Konan - led the tributes saying he felt “devastated and broken right now”.
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Your last words to me were literally “Just know i love you, for real for real” and i am so happy that was our last convo. 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. And to everyone just so you know he actually felt the love and recognition and he was so grateful for it. The cleanest hearted person. We would literally do anything for each other. Rest up cuzzy. I will keep your name alive until my last breath. Love you cuz❤️💔😪 Long Live @callmecadet
— TALLY (@kreptplaydirty) February 9, 2019
— Mega SoSolid #S9 (@OFFICIALSOSOLID) February 9, 2019
True inspiration bro just know you died a legend this shit still hasn’t sunk in im hoping it’s False but I’m greatful for you bro ❤️💔 @Callmecadet prayers go out to your family https://t.co/FPfbOJXfXQ
— #BabyGirl 🌹 OUT NOW (@BigTobzsf) February 9, 2019
We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of @CallMeCadet. He was extremely talented and wonderful to work with.
Sending lots of love to his family and friends during this difficult time.
RIP Cadet. pic.twitter.com/hhu9SflaRL
— GiveBlood 🅰️🅱️🆎🅾️ (@GiveBloodNHS) February 9, 2019
— Wiley (@WileyUpdates) February 9, 2019
As I know you can hear this...Your music & lyrics will always continue to inspire so many @Callmecadet Sending all my love & light to your family at this hard time. Your soul journey continues brother 💓✨🙏🏽
— Craig David (@CraigDavid) February 9, 2019
A police statement confirmed that the accident occurred at around 01:30am on Saturday morning and that two other passengers received serious injuries.
"Emergency services attended and a passenger of the Toyota, a 28-year-old man from London, sadly died at the scene," a police spokesperson said.
"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."
It was recently announced that Cadet was due to perform at Wireless Festival in London in July, alongside international stars such as Migos, Cardi B and A$AP Rocky.
"Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family, friends and fans, of Cadet," said a statement on the festival's website.
"Such sad news. We'll be keeping his Wireless performance as a time to reflect on the memory of Blaine."