Popular American rapper dies on stage

Popular American rapper Milton Powell, professionally known as Big Pokey, is dead.

The 45-year-old singer collapsed on stage while performing at a bar in Beaumont, Texas, on Saturday night.

Footage from the event showed the Houston-born rapper with a mic in his hand, speaking with a DJ on stage when he exhaled heavily, tripped, and fell.

The musician, who was performing at a Beaumont, Texas, bar on Saturday night, according to report Powell was rushed to the hospital. His cause of death is unknown.

The rapper was a former member of the influential hip-hop collective Screwed Up Click, and is known for his debut studio album “Hardest Pit in the Litter,” released in 1999. Powell released five other albums, including his most recent, “Sensei,” in 2021.

In 2005, he was featured on the Billboard Hot 100  single “Sittin’ Sidewayz” with Paul Wall.

The rapper’s death was first announced by fellow Houston rapper and Screwed Up Click associate Bun B, who shared an Instagram tribute Sunday.

“One of the most naturally talented artists in the city. Low key, humble mountain of a man who moved with honor and respect. He was easy to love and hard to hate,” the UGK rapper wrote.

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