British rapper Cadet has died at the age of 28 in a car crash .
Cadet, real name Blaine Cameron Johnson, passed away in the early hours of this morning while he was en route to a gig.
He was the passenger in a taxi at the time of the incident.
His family confirmed news over his death in a statement : “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.”
They then switched the account to private, the Daily Mirror reports.
Tributes to the UK star, who hailed from South London, have flooded social media.
“Rest In Peace Cadet, Cadet. I pray the fact they were able to see him change his life comforts his family during this time.”
Another fan wrote: “this sudden & unexpected news about Cadet is saddening…life is actually fleeting; Rest in Power Cadet, he was way too young.”
Entertainment group The Creatives wrote: “We’re in total shock! Rest in Paradise to UK Rap Superstar Callmecadet. Your musical abilities, your flows, concepts and acting levels are forever incredible. All our love & stength towards the Johnson family and his supporters.”
DJ Semtex shared a video on Twitter and said: “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 [sic] on the best time to do an interview on his next single. Rip Cadet”.
Mega So Solid paid tribute, saying: “He brought life & substance to the uk music scene Cadet #RiP”
Cadet teamed up with Deno for their hit song ‘Advice’, as well as a strong feature of recent track ‘Pumpy’.
Cadet was set to perform at Wireless Festival 2019.