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Dancehall legend Louie Rankin dies in car crash

He was 61

Jamaican-born dancehall legend Louie Rankin has died in a car crash. He was 61.

The Associated Press reports that Rankin was in a vehicle that was hit by a transport truck in Ontario, Canada. Police say that he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Rankin, born Leonard Ford, began recording and releasing music in the '80s and came to breakthrough success through the 1992 track 'Typewriter' which featured on the album 'Showdown'. He was also an actor and notably appeared alongside Nas and DMX in the 1998 film 'Belly'.

Nas has paid tribute to Rankin via an Instagram post. “Great working with this man,” Nas writes in the post. “A legend. In ‘Belly’ you stole the show.”