British Rapper Cadet Dies at 28 in Car Crash

London-based artist was heading to a performance at Keele University when his taxi collided with another car

Last Updated: February 9, 2019 @ 1:47 PM

British rapper Cadet, a budding hip-hop star from London, died Saturday morning in a car crash on the way to a performance. He was 28.

The rapper, whose legal name was Blaine Cameron Johnson, was being driven to his show at Keele University in central England when his taxi collided with another car, according to the Associated Press.

The crash killed Johnson and “seriously injured” the two drivers, according to the AP.

The collision happened at about 1:30 a.m. in Betley, a small village about 150 miles northwest of London, according to Staffordshire Police.

Cadet’s cousin and fellow rapper Krept said in an Instagram post on he is “broken” by the news.

“I love you and i am so proud of you. You finally started getting the recognition you deserved,” Krept said. “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.”

“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,” a post on Cadet’s Instagram account, which has gone private, said, according to Rolling Stone.

“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,” the post continued. The account had 323,000 followers on Saturday.

In a follow-up post on his Instagram account, Krept said a tribute would be held for Cadet at Hyde Park in London on Sunday.

Cadet’s latest single, “Advice,” had reached the top 30 on the British charts and the video had nearly 20 million views on YouTube, per Rolling Stone. He was set to turn 29 next month.