“We the family of Blaine Cameron Johnson otherwise known as Cadet (Underrated Legend) would like to share the sad news that during the early hours of 9th February 2019 he passed away as a passenger in a taxi, en route to a performance. Right now we the family appreciate your patience and will share with you any information as and when we can. Thanks for your support in advance. Love the Johnson family,” the statement said.
Cadet’s Instagram account has since been set to private.
He was on his way to perform at Keele University before the crash.
Stars have taken to social media to pay tribute with his cousin and rapper Krept saying: “My life will never be the same again. I love you and will forever miss you.
“I can’t believe it. I am heartbroken. Rest in peace cuz. You finally started getting the recognition you deserved.
“I’m so proud of you,”(sic) he continued. “My left lung. I’m devastated and broken right now.”
Producer Dr Kane tweeted: “I feel numb my bro you know. I was just speaking to you about our next tune were were gonna drop and shut down this year. I feel sick man! RIP Cadet.”
“Can’t believe it… I was on stage with him last week,” DJ Semtex wrote. “Never seen a man so happy.
“Everything was working out for him. This was gonna be his year. We were plottin the best time to do an interview on his next single. RIP Cadet.”(sic)
Example posted on Twitter: “Was chatting to you only last week about how excited you were for some festivals this summer.
“So much positive energy. Smiling non-stop when I was with you, first time we met I felt as if I’d known you my whole life.
“Mad humble guy. RIP Cadet,” he added.
Mega So Solid said Cadet “brought life and substance to the UK music scene”.
A rising star on the grime scene, Cadet was due to perform at Wireless Festival 2019.
He rose to fame after becoming popular on YouTube with tracks including Letter To Krept and Instagram Girls.
Cadet has released two EPs, The Commitment and The Commitment 2, and has also supported Krept & Konan on tour.
He recently collaborated with Deno on Advice, with the musician responding to the news of his death by sharing a string of broken heart and crying emojis on Twitter.