This morning (February 9), we all woke up to the tragic news of the passing of Cadet, aka Blaine Cameron Johnson. The 28-year-old rapper died in a taxi on his way to a show in the early hours of this morning.
News of the rising star's untimely death was originally announced via a post on his Instagram by a family member, and then later confirmed by his cousin, Krept, and close friend Konan.
The South London-born artist, known for his deft wordplay and hard-hitting, passionate delivery, had solidified his place in rap off the back of freestyles alone and was on his way to having a huge career.
Tweets from Cadet's fans, his collaborators and the entire music scene have been flooding in all morning, including a message from Wireless Festival announcing that they would be keeping his set as "a time to reflect on the memory of Blaine".
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 😪💔 pic.twitter.com/125pWPMzO1— TALLY (@kreptplaydirty) February 9, 2019
The last time I saw you was all smiles, you always gave me good advice and told me how much u want me to win, so supportive in many ways. You’re the reason why I even jumped on Zeze, you… https://t.co/zVj6ZdVwy7— Ms Banks (@MsBanks94) February 9, 2019
I can’t believe the news. Cadet was a real one, a proper bless guy and sick artist. Showed me nothing but love 😔💔— P Money (@KingPMoney) February 9, 2019
Rest in peace Cadet. Thank you for the memories. Thank u for always keeping the same energy when we bump into each other. One of the most humble and modest people I’ve met. You and your talents will be deeply missed 😞 RIP— PULL UP OUT NOW (@LethalBizzle) February 9, 2019
Devastating news, RIP Cadet. My thoughts & prayers go out to his friends and family 🙏🏾💔— Avelino (@officialAvelino) February 9, 2019
Heartbroken to hear about Cadet. He was a true story teller and from my neck of the woods.— Loyle (@LoyleCarner) February 9, 2019
The music is forever my g.
The Cadet news is just heartbreaking. Such a positive and cool guy. I can’t even imagine what his loved ones are going through right now.— Mo Gilligan (@MoTheComedian) February 9, 2019
Rest in Paradise Cadet 👑 pic.twitter.com/TqkJMIW1sY
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family, friends and fans, of Cadet.— Wireless Festival (@WirelessFest) February 9, 2019
Such sad news.
We’ll be keeping his Wireless performance as a time to reflect on the memory of Blaine.
We send our condolences to Cadet's family and friends at this difficult time.