Houston rapper Big Pokey died at 48 after collapsing during a show in Texas
- The ‘Sittin’ Sideways’ star died Saturday after video showed him falling backwards while rapping during a show in Beaumont, Texas.
- Houston rapper Bun B announced Big Pokey’s death with an Instagram post
- Big Pokey’s publicist said his cause of death is still pending pending autopsy results
Houston rap legend Big Pokey has died aged 48 after collapsing while performing in Texas.
The ‘Sittin’ Sideways’ star – whose real name is Milton Powell – died on Saturday after video showed him falling backwards while rapping during a show in Beaumont, Texas .
The cause of death has not yet been released as the family awaits autopsy results.
“It is with deep sadness that we share the news of the passing of our beloved Milton ‘Big Pokey’ Powell,” his publicist said. FOX 26.
“Big Pokey passed away on June 18, 2023. He was much loved by his family, friends and loyal fans.
“In the coming days, we will be posting 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 toughest pit in the litter.’
Houston-based rapper Big Pokey – whose real name is Milton Powell – died on Sunday
Video posted online showed him performing at a June 19 celebration at a bar in Beaumont, Texas, when he suddenly collapsed backwards
A crowd quickly gathered around him, with a woman claiming to be a nurse rushing to his side
Big Pokey was previously seen playing a June 19 show at Pour 09 Bar in Beaumont, where he was filmed with a microphone in hand when he suddenly collapsed.
A crowd quickly gathered around him, a woman claiming to be a nurse rushing to his side.
Beaumont Police were then dispatched to the bar to assist firefighters and EMS crews around 12:03 a.m. Sunday morning. according 12 News Now.
Big Pokey was a member of Screwed Up Circle, a group of rappers based in Houston.
He began his rap career with Houston producer DJ Screw in the early 1990s and was featured on DJ June’s landmark mixtape 27 Freestyle.
Big Pokey then released their own full album Hardest Pit in the Litter in 1999.
He also appeared in the 2001 film Soldiers United for Cash and later starred in Dirty Third 2: Home Sweet Home.
The cause of death has not yet been released pending the results of an autopsy.
Big Pokey is pictured here with Paul Wall at the Lil KeKe Legends Only Listening Party Dinner at Five Central Houston on February 8
Rapper Bun B was the first to announce his death with a post on Instagram on Sunday
Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner tweeted, “Although many called him ‘low key’, his presence was larger than life to help catapult our hip hop scene nationwide. We are grateful’
Houston rapper Bun B was the first to announce his death with a post on Instagram on Sunday.
‘The quiet, humble mountain of a man who moved with honor and respect. He was easy to love and hard to hate,” he wrote.
“There will never be another and we will miss him dearly. We love and honor you. Rest in paradise.
Another Houston rap legend, Slim Thug, said on social media that it was a “sad day in the city” and that he was sending “prayers to his family.”
DJ Spydermann also tweeted: “He was one of the toughest in SUC and it saddens me to say rest in peace.” We have lost another legend.
Others remembered him online as a “Texas legend”.
And Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner tweeted, “Although many called him ‘low-key,’ his presence was larger than life to help catapult our hip hop scene nationwide.”
‘We are grateful.’