Hip-hop star ProKid, 37, dead after 'severe seizure'
The rapper's death was confirmed in the early hours of Thursday morning
News of award-winning hip-hop artist Linda "ProKid" Mkhize's death after suffering a seizure at the age of 37 has sent shockwaves through South Africa.
ProKid's family confirmed the news in a statement following an outpouring of tributes from fans and high-profile personalities on social media in the early hours of Thursday.
"The legendary SA hip-hop artist affectionately known as ProKid ... passed away on Wednesday. He suffered a severe seizure attack while visiting friends and paramedics were called in to assist. They did their best to revive him to no avail and called his time of death at 8.38pm," read part of the statement.
ProKid's family asked for privacy while they dealt with the tragedy. "Further details will be furnished as soon as his family has gathered."
ProKid, who was considered to be one of the pioneers of hip-hop in SA, will be remembered for his contribution to the industry and for hits such as Ghetto Science and Uthini Ngo Pro.
Meanwhile, thousands of fans filled Twitter with heartfelt tributes to ProKid.
Dankie San you made ghetto metaphors and punchlines seem effortless, you birthed a whole generation of spitters that were inspired by your style. A rap pioneer, word engineer top 5 dead or alive. #RipProKid and condolences to your family. pic.twitter.com/NhDo19QUTJ— SlikourOnLife (@slikouron) August 9, 2018
Praying the news is not true, but If it is then my brother I wish you safe passage into heaven. You were indeed a pioneer, a legend and one incredible Emcee. For the record I never considered you a ProKid but rather a ProKing! #RIPProKid #RipPRO #RIPLindaMkhize 🙏🏾 pic.twitter.com/XgG9GzixFv— ProVerb (@ProVerbMusic) August 8, 2018
You inspired me to get involved in the SA hip hop culture for the purpose of putting our hood on the map. Ngiybonga for ukusivulela eMashona.— Tweezy (@TweezyZA) August 9, 2018
JANGALALA Representer. #1 Soweto Boy. 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥
Lala Ngoxolo Grootman lam, I’ll take it from here. Dankie San. 🙏🏿#RIPProkid 🇿🇦 pic.twitter.com/73PDf3z8w6