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RIP: Artist and Actor Louie Rankin Dead in Car Crash

Louie Rankin announced on Instagram just one day before that he was in Toronto filming a movie, Grammy-award winning artist Louie Rankin, known by many from his roles as Teddy Bruck Shut in ‘Shottas’ and Ox in the movie ‘Belly,’ died in a car crash in Canada.

Rankin’s executive assistant Jewlz Sykes, with whom he shares children, confirmed his death on Instagram, sharing a slideshow of photos of them together.

“There are no words!!!!!!” Sykes captioned the post, which shows herself and Rankin cuddling and kissing. “Sleep with the angels my King!” she added.

Details are scarce, but Louie died Monday in a fatal wreck in Ontario, Canada … the crash reportedly involved a transport truck and another vehicle. Louie starred alongside Nas and DMX in the 1998 crime drama “Belly” … and his character, Ox, was a Jamaican kingpin.

Nas and Louie became close friends during filming, and the pair reunited years later for a cameo in a DJ Khaled music video for his song, “Nas Album Done.”

His other acting credits include 2002’s “Shottas” and 2014’s “We Run These Streets.” Born and raised in Jamaica, Louie was also a Jamaican dancehall and reggae artist … and he released a huge single in 1992 called “Typewriter,” which won a Grammy.

Louie often referred to himself in his lyrics as the “Original Don Dada.”


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