British rapper Cadet was killed in a horror taxi accident following a performance at Keele University in the early hours of the morning. The 28-year-old musician, real name Blaine Cameron Johnson, was a passenger in a taxi heading south following the Staffordshire gig when a Toyota Prius and a red Vauxhall Combo van crashed on Main Road, Betley at 1.30am. Despite efforts by paramedics to revive him, Johnson died at the scene, while the two drivers, men aged 36 and 22, were taken to the Royal Stoke University Hospital with serious injuries. Three other passengers in the Toyota were treated for minor injuries at Leighton Hospital in Crewe. Footage recorded by a fan at Keele University Union show the rapper energetically performing on stage just hours before the horrific crash.
A statement from Johnson’s bereft family shared on his Instagram read: ‘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.’
Cadet was the cousin of Krept, of duo Krept and Konan; the Freak Of The Week rapper tweeted: ‘Absolutely broken.’ Tributes have poured in on social media for the rising star from a stunned British music scene. Award-winning artist Krept, cousin of the rapper, said he was ‘broken’ following the devastating news. Rapper Ghetts wrote: ‘Just woken up looked at my timeline – proper genuine brudda cadet. condolences to his close friends and family.’ Producer Dr Kane tweeted: ‘I feel numb my bro you know. I was just speaking to you about our next tune we were gonna drop and shut down this year. I feel sick man !!! 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 plottin on the best time to do an interview on his next single. Rip Cadet.’
A fan added: ‘RIP Cadet. It’s sad how we rarely ever appreciate and support hard working artists when they are alive. We will now start hearing how great he truly was.’
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.”
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. A spokesperson for Staffordshire Police said: ‘A man has died following a road traffic collision in Newcastle-under-Lyme. ‘At just before 1.30am this morning (Saturday 9 February) police were called to reports of a two-vehicle collision involving a silver Toyota Prius and a red Vauxhall Combo van on Main Road, Betley (A531). ‘Emergency services attended and a passenger of the Toyota, a 28-year-old man from London, sadly died at the scene. Specialist officers are supporting the man’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. ‘Officers from the Staffordshire and West Midlands Serious Collision Investigation Unit are appealing for witnesses or anyone with relevant dashcam footage to contact 101, quoting incident 45 of 9 February.’ Photo Credit: Getty