Big Pokey passed away at the age of 48. The American rapper lost consciousness and collapsed during a concert on Saturday. He was rushed to the hospital, but doctors were unable to save him. The musician was known primarily as one of the founders of the Screwed Up Click collective.
The incident occurred during a concert on June 17 in Beaumont, Texas. As reported by the BBC, at one point, the rapper, whose real name is Milton Powell, lost consciousness and fell on his back. The witnesses of the event immediately rushed to the aid of the 48-year-old, paramedics arrived at the scene. The musician was taken to the hospital. Doctors were unable to save him and he died on Sunday. Powell’s cause of death has not yet been released.
“He was loved by his family, friends and devoted fans,” the rapper’s spokesman said in a statement quoted by the media. He announced that information about the musician’s funeral would be announced soon and appealed for respect for the privacy of his family.
Who was Big Pokey
Born and raised in Houston, the musician was known primarily as one of the founders of the popular, especially in the 90s, local rap band Screwed Up Click. The BBC explains that the collective created a distinctive sound for their city, “laid back and based on slowing down the basic track”. Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner tweeted that Powell had helped “catapult the fame of the local hip-hop scene to a national scale.”
Big Pokey has had six solo albums, the first of which was released in 1999 and the last two years ago. The BBC reminds that in 2005 the musician was included in the prestigious Billboard Hot 100. He got there thanks to the piece Sittin Sidewayz by Paul Wall, in which he appeared as a guest. Last year he recorded a verse to Megan Thee Stallion’s “Southside Royalty Freestyle”.
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