Grammy-winner Louie Rankin dies in car crash
‘Belly’ actor and Grammy-winning artist Louie Rankin was in a fatal car crash in Ontario on Monday. The Ontario Provincial Police confirmed that the 66 year old was killed when his car collided with a transport truck in Melancthon Township on Highway 89, near Shelburne, Ontario.
The Hanover resident was known for his role as Jamaican drug lord Teddy Bruckshot in the 2002 movie ‘Shottas’ and for playing Ox in 1998 hit ‘Belly’. He was also known for ‘Typewriter’, a song that won him a Grammy in 1992. Rankin’s assistant Jewlz Sykes confirmed his death on her Instagram page. She wrote, “There are no word!! Sleep with the angels my King!”.
Tributes began to pour in once the news broke out. Among those to share their condolences were DJ Khaled, who posted a picture of himself and Rankin with a caption that read, “BLESS UP! @louie_rankin!” Artist Nas too posted a tribute on his social media. Sharing a picture, he wrote, “Louie Rankin. Great working with this man. A legend. In Belly you stole the show. ‘You Wana Rump with bombaclot me??!’ In @djkhaled video Nas Album Done, your presence was super live wire much needed. RIP Don Dada”.
While the driver of the truck involved in the crash was not injured, the police is currently investigating the cause of the crash and has asked witnesses to come reach out.