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". 

We send our condolences to Cadet's family and friends at this difficult time.