British rapper Cadet dies in taxi crash on way to gig in Staffordshire


Tributes pour in for south London musician from artists including DJ Semtex and Krept

The British rapper Cadet has died in a car accident on the way to a concert, and five other people have been taken to hospital with injuries.

Otherwise known as Blaine Johnson, the 28-year-old was travelling in a taxi to Keele University, Staffordshire, where he was scheduled to perform at the students’ union, when the fatal crash occurred, after which his three fellow passengers were treated for injuries.

“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 on the south London musician’s Instagram account.

“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 confirmed Johnson was pronounced dead at the scene after the silver Toyota Prius he was travelling in collided with a red Vauxhall Combo van in Betley, 5 miles from the university, at 1.30am on Saturday.

In a statement, the force appealed for dashcam footage and witnesses, adding that officers from the Staffordshire and West Midlands serious collision investigation unit were investigating the incident and specialist officers were supporting Johnson’s family.

“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.”

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