A musician has died following a collision in Staffordshire.
The family of rapper Cadet - born Blaine Johnson - have confirmed on his Instagram account that the 28-year-old died while travelling to a performance at Keele University Student Union.
Staffordshire Police have not confirmed the identity of the man that died, but have said that a 28-year-old male from London died at the scene of a two vehicle collision on the A531 Main Road in Betley, around half one this morning.
Emergency services were called to reports of the incident, involving a silver Toyota Prius and a red Vauxhall Combo van, on the A531 Main Road in Betley just before 1.30am this morning (9 February).
The drivers of both vehicles, a 36-year-old man from Stoke-on-Trent and a 22-year-old man from Crewe, were taken to the Royal Stoke University Hospital with serious injuries.
Three further passengers of the Toyota were treated at Leighton Hospital.
Officers from the Staffordshire and West Midlands Serious Collision Investigation Unit are appealing for witnesses or anyone with relevant dashcam footage to contact 101, quoting incident 45 of 9 February.
Stars from the music world have paid tribute to Cadet, who was due to perform at Wireless Festival this summer.
His cousin, and fellow rapper, Krept has tweeted that he is 'absolutely broken'.
My life will never be the same again. I love you and will forever miss you. I cant believe it. I am heartbroken. Rest in peace cuz. You finally started getting the recognition you deserved. Im so proud of you. My left lung. Im devestated and broken right now 😪💔 pic.twitter.com/125pWPMzO1— TALLY (@kreptplaydirty) February 9, 2019
Producer Example tweeted: "Was chatting to you only last week about how excited you were for some festivals this summer.
"So much positive energy. Smiling nonstop when I was with you, first time we met I felt as if I’d known you my whole life.
"Mad humble guy. RIP Cadet."
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family, friends and fans, of Cadet.— Wireless Festival (@WirelessFest) February 9, 2019
Such sad news.
We’ll be keeping his Wireless performance as a time to reflect on the memory of Blaine.
DJ Semtex posted on his Twitter page: "Cant believe it. I was on stage with him last week . Never seen a man so happy.
"Everything was working out for him. This was gonna be his year. We were plottin [sic] on the best time to do an interview on his next single. Rip Cadet."