Talented British grime artist, Cadet has died in a horror taxi smash while on the way to a performance in Staffordshire in the early hours of this morning.
Police confirmed the 28-year-old, whose real name is Blaine Johnson, was killed when the Toyota Prius he was travelling crashed into a van at around 1.30am
He was heading to Keele University to perform at the student union’s Fresh Friday Takeover with three other people, who were also injured.
Staffordshire Police say they were called to a crash involving a Toyota Prius and a red Vauxhall Combo van on the A531 in Betley.
Despite desperate attempts to save him, officers confirmed Cadet, from London, died at the scene.
Both drivers, a 36-year-old man from Stoke-on-Trent and a 22-year-old man from Crewe, suffered serious injuries and taken to Royal Stoke University Hospital.
Three other passengers in the Toyota were treated at Leighton Hospital in Crewe, cops said.
Cadet’s heartbroken family confirmed his death in a statement on his Instagram before making his account private.
They 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.
“Love The Johnson Family #cadetcadet #imbuff #underratedlegend #ripcadet.”
My life will never be the same again. I love you and will forever miss you. I cant believe it. I am heartbroken. Rest in peace cuzKreptrapper cousin
He was the cousin of rapper Casyo Johnson, also known as Krept, who shared a childhood photo of the pair together as he paid tribute.
Heartbroken Krept said: “My life will never be the same again. I love you and will forever miss you. I cant believe it. I am heartbroken. Rest in peace cuz.
“You finally started getting the recognition you deserved. Im so proud of you. My left lung. Im devestated and broken right now [sic]”