Houston rapper Big Pokey dies at 48 after collapsing during a show in Texas
‘Cittin’ Sideways star dies Saturday Video shows him falling backwards while rapping at a show in Beaumont, Texas Fellow Houston rapper Bun B announced the death of Big Pokey with a post on Instagram Big Pokey’s publicist said the cause of his death is still pending. has They are awaiting the results of the autopsy
Houston rap legend Big Pokey has died aged just 48 after collapsing while performing in Texas.
The ‘Cittin’ Sideways’ star – whose real name was Milton Powell – died on Saturday after video showed him collapsing backwards while rapping at a show in Beaumont, Texas.
The cause of death has not yet been released, as the family awaits the results of an autopsy.
“It is with deep sadness that we share the news of the passing of our beloved Milton ‘Big Pokey’ Powell,” his publicist told Fox 26.
‘Big Pokey died on June 18, 2023. He was well loved by his family, his friends and his loyal fans.
‘In the coming days, we will be releasing information about the celebration of his life and how people can pay their respects.
‘We ask that you respect his family and their privacy at this difficult time.
‘The Big Pokey will forever be the ‘Toughest Hole in the Litter’.
Houston-based rapper Big Pokey — whose real name was Milton Powell — died Sunday
Video posted online showed him performing at a Juneteenth celebration at a bar in Beaumont, Texas when he suddenly fell backwards.
A crowd soon gathered around him, with one woman claiming that a nurse was rushing to her side
Big Pokey was previously seen performing a Juneteenth show at Beaumont’s Pour 09 bar, where he was filmed with a microphone in hand when he suddenly collapsed.
A crowd soon gathered around him, a woman claiming to be a nurse rushed to his side.
Beaumont Police were dispatched to the bar to assist fire and EMS crews at around 12.03am on Sunday. According to 12 News Now.
The rapper was then taken to St. Elizabeth Hospital, where he died, Jefferson County Justice of the Peace Precinct 8 Judge Tom Gillam III told a local news station.
Big Pokey was a member of the Screwed Up Circle, a group of Houston-based rappers.
He began his rap career in the early 1990s with Houston producer DJ Screw, and the DJ’s landmark mixtape appeared on June 27 Freestyle.
Big Pokey released his own full-length album Hardest Pit in the Litter in 1999.
He starred in the 2001 film Soldiers United for Cash and later starred in Dirty Third 2: Home Sweet Home.
The cause of death has not yet been released pending the results of an autopsy
Big Pokey pictured here with Paul Wall at the Lil Keke Legends Only Listening Party Dinner at Five Central Houston on February 8
Fellow rapper Bun B announced his death in a post on Instagram on Sunday
Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner tweeted: ‘Although many call him “low key”, his presence was larger than life in helping catapult our hip hop scene nationally. we are grateful’
Fellow Houston rapper Bun B first announced his death in a post on Instagram on Sunday.
‘Low key, the humble mountain of a man who has moved with honor and respect. He is easy to love and hard to hate,’ he wrote.
‘There will never be another and will be sorely missed. We love and respect you. Rest in Heaven.’
Another Houston rap legend, Slim Thug, took to social media to say it was a ‘sad day in the city’ and that he was sending ‘prayers to his family.’
DJ Spiderman also tweeted: ‘It saddens me that he was one of the toughest out of SUC and must rest in peace. We have lost another legend.’
Others remember him online as a ‘Texas legend’.
And Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner tweeted: ‘Although many called him “low key”, his presence was larger than life to help catapult our hip hop scene nationally.
‘We are grateful.’
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