Jamaican reggae artiste and actor Louie Rankin dies in a car crash in Canada


The Jamaican reggae artist/actor who appeared in DX’s 1998 film Belly was involved in a wreck consisting of a transport truck and another vehicle.

Grammy-award winning artiste, Louie Rankin died in the accident on Monday, September 30, in Ontario, Canada.

A tweet from Rankin’s verified account read, ‘It saddens us to have to announce that The “[ORIGINAL] DON DADA” “Trail Blazer” the legend – Louie Ox Rankin passed away this morning!

‘May God keep his soul with his father, sister and [niece] in #heaven #amen #sipox.’

Rankin, nicknamed the ‘Original Don Dada,’ was a Grammy-winner for his 1992 track Typewriter. He appeared in the movie Belly with Nas, Method Man and TLC’s Tionne ‘T-Boz’ Watkins; in the film, he played a drug lord named Ox.

He went on to appear in motion pictures including 2002’s Shottas, 2014’s We Run These Streets and the 2015 short film Q, In 2016, Louie and Nas both appeared in DJ Khaled’s music video for his track Nas Album Done.

DJ Khaled and Nas among many others have taken to social media to pay tribute to Rankin.


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