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Houston, Texas – In a tragic turn of events, the music industry mourns the sudden loss of esteemed Houston rapper, Big Pokey. The talented artist, known for his contributions to the Screwed Up Click collective and his collaborations with notable musicians, collapsed and passed away while performing onstage. He was 45 years old.
The incident occurred during a performance at a bar in Beaumont, Texas, on Saturday night, June 17 (2023). Disturbing footage circulating online captured the moment when Big Pokey, whose real name was Milton Powell, took the microphone before the crowd. As he began to rap, he suddenly gasped for breath and fell backward, leaving the shocked audience in disbelief.
⚠️Died Suddenly – Houston rapper Big Pokey died after suddenly collapsing on stage while performing at a bar in the city of Beaumont, Texas on Saturday night. He was 45. pic.twitter.com/KcJjfRFnZp— Truthseeker (@Xx17965797N) June 19, 2023
Paramedics swiftly rushed to his aid, performing CPR before transporting him to a nearby hospital. Despite their efforts, authorities confirmed that Big Pokey tragically succumbed to his condition soon after the incident. The cause of his untimely death remains unknown, pending the results of an autopsy.
Big Pokey's passing was announced through a statement posted on his Instagram profile, with his representative confirming the heartbreaking news. As the music community reels from the loss of this influential figure, plans are being made to honor his memory and organize a celebration of his life. His family and loved ones are appealing for privacy during this difficult time.
The Instagram message reads: “It is with deep sadness that we share the news of the passing of our beloved Milton “Big Pokey” Powell. Big Pokey passed away on June 18, 2023. 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 “The Hardest Pit In The Litter”!
Big Pokey, widely regarded as a foundational member of the Screwed Up Click, rose to prominence in 1999 with his solo album “The Hardest Pit in the Litter.” His distinct style and collaborations with fellow Texas and Houston artists solidified his reputation as an integral part of the city's vibrant music scene. Throughout his career, he released numerous albums and collaborated with various musicians, leaving an indelible mark on the music industry.
Houston is known for nurturing talented artists, and the city deeply values its local talent. Big Pokey's death has left a huge void in the hearts of those who loved his music and respected his role in Houston's music scene.
The response from fans and fellow musicians has been incredible, showing just how much Big Pokey meant to them. It's clear that his presence in Houston's hip-hop scene will always be remembered.
Big Pokey was an incredible rapper who showed off his amazing skills and ability to tell stories through his albums. He was so respected in the rap industry that he got the chance to work with other famous artists. One of the collaborations he did was with Megan Thee Stallion on her song “Southside Royalty Freestyle” in 2022. It showed how versatile he was as an artist, being able to adapt to different styles and work with different people.
As news of his passing spreads, fans, and friends have taken to social media to express their condolences and share their favorite memories of Big Pokey. The support pouring in from across the country reflects the impact he had beyond the Houston music scene. This demonstrates how influential his music was and how strongly he connected with his fans.
RIP BIG POKEY NIGGA FLOW WAS LEGENDARY pic.twitter.com/ubbEKQKThe— Bumpty (@BUMPTY4L) June 19, 2023
In the next few days, the hip-hop community will gather to remember and honor Big Pokey. They will share details about the upcoming celebration of his life, giving fans and friends the opportunity to pay their respects and reflect on the impact he had on their lives.
As we say goodbye to Big Pokey, let's remember how much he gave to music and the Houston community. His talent and hard work will always be remembered by those who knew and loved him. May he rest in peace, and may his music continue to inspire and bring comfort to everyone who listens.
Written by: Silvia Tine
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