American rapper Milton Powell, widely known by his stage name Big Pokey, tragically passed away at the age of 45. The Houston-born artist collapsed on stage while performing at a bar in Beaumont, Texas, late on Saturday night, leaving fans and the music community in shock.
Eyewitness footage from the event captured the distressing moment when Big Pokey, microphone in hand, was engaging with a DJ on stage. Suddenly, he let out a heavy exhale, stumbled, and fell. Security personnel and an individual claiming to be a nurse swiftly rushed to his aid. Following the arrival of emergency medical services, Big Pokey was promptly transported to a nearby hospital shortly after midnight. Unfortunately, despite efforts to save him, the rapper was pronounced dead upon arrival.
Confirmation of Big Pokey’s untimely demise was released through a statement on his verified Instagram page. The statement expressed deep sadness and read, “It is with deep sadness that we share the news of the passing of our beloved Milton ‘Big Pokey’ Powell. Big Pokey passed away… He was well-loved by his family, his friends, and his loyal fans. In the coming days, we will release information about his celebration of life and how the public can pay their respects. We ask that you respect his family and their privacy during this difficult time. Big Pokey will forever be ‘The Hardest Pit in the Litter!'”
Big Pokey gained prominence for his collaboration with DJ Screw, playing a pivotal role in popularizing the chopped-and-screwed style of the South. Throughout his career, the late rapper released numerous impactful albums, leaving behind a significant discography that resonated with his dedicated fan base.
As news of Big Pokey’s passing spreads, tributes and condolences from fans, fellow artists, and the music industry as a whole continue to pour in. The rapper’s contributions to the genre and his distinctive style will be remembered and celebrated as his family and loved ones prepare to honor his life in the upcoming days.
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