Jamaican actor and Grammy Award-winning dancehall artist Louie Rankin has died following a car crash in Ontario, Canada, on Monday. He was 55.
According to TMZ, the crash reportedly involved a transport truck and another vehicle, with Ontario authorities stating that the artist's vehicle crashed with the truck on Highway 89, between Country Road 12 and the 4th Line. Rankin was pronounced dead at the scene while the truck driver suffered no major physical injuries.
Rankin's executive assistant, Jewlz Sykes, with whom he shares three children, confirmed the news on Instagram.
"There are no words!!!!!!" she captioned a photo slideshow of their family. "Sleep with the angels my King."
Rankin's official Twitter page also confirmed his death, writing, "It saddens us to have to announce that The 'ORIGINAL DON DADA' 'Trail Blazer' the legend - Louie Ox Rankin passed away this morning!"
Most may remember Rankin from his role as Jamaican drug lord Lennox, a.k.a. Ox, in the 1998 film Belly, which also starred rappers DMX and Nas. Rankin and Nas remained particularly close following the film's release and later reunited in 2016 to collaborate on DJ Khaled's track "Nas Album Done."
"That album bout to drop!!!" he wrote. "Can you smell what the Ox is cooking?!"
A respected reggae and dancehall artist, Rankin released a huge single in 1992 titled "Typewriter," which earned him a Grammy.
We send our thoughts and prayers to his family and friends during this difficult time. May he rest in peace.
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