Famed Jamaican musician and actor Louie Rankin died from injuries he sustained in a car accident Monday night (Sept. 30) in Ontario, Canada – sending shockwaves through the Dancehall fraternity.
Rankin was reportedly involved in a three-vehicle collision, according to TMZ. The conditions of the other drivers and/or passengers are not known at this time.
BUZZ has been informed that Rankin suffered head injuries as a result of the crash and died while being treated in hospital.
Rankin’s official Twitter page was also used to confirm the Grammy-award winning artiste’s untimely passing, with Ky-mani Marley, Popcaan, Sizzla, and Bounty Killa among those in the Dancehall fraternity rocked by his death.
Hip-hop star DJ Khaled – who was a close friend to Rankin – as well rappers Tory Lanez and Safaree were also among the first to offer their condolences on news of the Jamaican’s death.
Rankin, known worldwide for his portrayal of Jamaican kingpin Ox in the 1998 film Belly, also had appearances in films Shottas (2002) and We Run These Streets (2014)
Born and raised in St. Thomas before moving to Kingston, Rankin rose to stardom with the release of his highly successful single Typewriter, which earned him a Grammy Award in 1992.
Louie often referred to himself in his lyrics as the ‘Original Don Dada’.