09/02/2019 11:49 GMT | Updated 09/02/2019 11:50 GMT

Cadet Dead: UK Rapper, Aka Blaine Johnson, Dies In Taxi Crash, Aged 28

He was on his way to perform for fans at Keele University.

UK rapper Cadet has died at the age of 28, after being involved in a car accident. 

The family of the artist, real name Blaine Cameron Johnson, said he died while travelling as a passenger in a taxi on his way to a gig at Keele University.

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Rapper Cadet has died, aged 28

A statement on his Instagram page 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.”

Staffordshire Police also said in a statement: “Emergency services attended and a passenger of the Toyota, a 28-year-old man from London, sadly died at the scene.

“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.”

Fellow rappers paid tribute, with Example writing on Twitter: “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.”

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 plotting on the best time to do an interview on his next single. RIP Cadet.”

Cadet, who was from south London and was tipped for success, toured the UK supporting Krept And Konan on their The Long Way Home Tour.

He accumulated millions of views on YouTube and Spotify and was due to play at this year’s Wireless Festival.

The festival has said they will not be booking a replacement act and will use his slot to “reflect on his memory”. 

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