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It has been reported that Rankin was involved in a fatal car crash on Monday in Toronto between the vehicle in which he was riding and a truck. The collision killed him instantly. He was pronounced dead on the scene, according to local officials.

Rankin’s executive assistant Jewlz Sykes also confirmed the news of his death in a memorial post on Instagram.

She began in a caption,“There are no words, Sleep with the angels my King!”

Along with starring in Belly in 1998 and playing the character Ox which also featured rap superstars Nas and DMX. He was also known for the role of Teddy Bruckshut in the movie Shottas (2002), starring alongside Ky-Mani Marley and Spragga Benz.

He was also a successful dancehall artist where he released Showdown in 1992, which included the megahit single, “Typewriter” that earned him a Grammy Award. He’d go on to release another album a year later called Lethal Weapon. Since news of his passing broke, Members of the local dancehall fraternity have been posting RIP messages to veteran deejay and actor. A post on a Twitter account @LouieOxRankin, which is believed to be authentic, posted that “it saddens us to announce that “the orignal don dada”, “the trailblazer” – the legend Louis Ox Rankin passed away this morning.” There are conflicting reports as to how Rankine died. One report is that he was hit by an SUV while crossing a roadway. However other reports are that Rankin’s vehicle was hit by a truck.  Dancehall deejays including Popcaan, Spice, Chi Ching Ching, and international stars like Safaree have all paid respect to Rankin, given name Leonard Forbes, by posting messages on Instagram. Numerous messages of condolence were posted to the Twitter account. Several Jamaican social media sites carried news of the actor’s untimely passing.

Presented by: Talia Soares

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