Louie Rankin has died after being involved in a horrific car crash.
The Grammy-award winning reggae artist, who was well known for portraying Teddy Bruckshot in Jamaican movie Shottas, was involved in the fatal car accident in Ontario, Canada on Monday.
According to American website TMZ, the crash reportedly involved a transport truck and another vehicle.
Details are still limited at this time.
A tweet from the star’s official Twitter account confirmed the news.
It 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.”
Born in Kingston, Jamaica, the musician and actor, who was fondly known as ‘Don DaDa’, starred along Nas and DMX in the 1998 crime drama Belly as a Jamaican kingpin, Ox. Prior to his foray into acting, he released a huge single Typewriter in 1992, which won a Grammy.
Following appearing together in Belly, Nas and Louie became good friends and later reunited together for cameo in DJ Khaled’s music video for his track, Nas Album Done.
He also starred in 2002’s Shottas and 2014’s We Run These Streets.
Rankin posted a photo to his Instagram and revealed he was filming a “major movie” in Toronto the day before the fatal crash.
He penned: “The Original Don DaDad on set shooting a major movie in Toronto with iHouseRecords.”
Celebrities including Outlawz’s Young Noble, French rapper Kalash, DJ Khaled and Nas all paid respects to the star.
DJ Khaled shared several photos of the pair on his Instagram page, and captioned the post: “Bless Up!”