News of award-winning hip-hop artist Linda ‘ProKid’ Mkhize’s death after having a seizure at the age of 37 has sent shockwaves through South Africa.
ProKid’s family confirmed the news through a media statement after an outpouring of tributes from fans and high-profile personalities emerged on social media in the early hours of Thursday morning.
“The legendary SA hip-hop artist affectionately known as ProKid of hip-hop passed away on Wednesday, August 8, 2018. He suffered a severe seizure attack whilst visiting friends and paramedics were called in to assist. They did their best to revive him to no avail and called his time of death at 20.38pm,” read part of the statement.
The statement went on to add that ProKid’s family requested privacy as they tried to process the tragedy.
“Further details will be furnished as soon as his family has gathered.”
ProKid, who was considered to be one of the pioneers of hip-hop in SA, will be remembered for his contribution to the industry and for hits such as Ghetto Science and Uthini Ngo Pro.
Meanwhile, thousands of fans have filled Twitter with heartfelt tributes in ProKid’s honour.
Praying the news is not true, but If it is then my brother I wish you safe passage into heaven. You were indeed a pioneer, a legend and one incredible Emcee. For the record I never considered you a ProKid but rather a ProKing! #RIPProKid #RipPRO #RIPLindaMkhize 🙏🏾 pic.twitter.com/XgG9GzixFv
— ProVerb (@ProVerbMusic) August 8, 2018
: R.I.P soja lasempini, RIP bhuda yam, anginawo amazwi njengamanje, I am so heart broken. Condolences to the family, ay kwaze kwabuhlungu 😭😰😢 Rest In Power PRO, the best who ever, EVER did it!!! pic.twitter.com/NPth8QD5rA
— CEBISA-6/07 (@ZakweSA) August 8, 2018
Dankie San you made ghetto metaphors and punchlines seem effortless, you birthed a whole generation of spitters that were inspired by your style. A rap pioneer, word engineer top 5 dead or alive. #RipProKid and condolences to your family. pic.twitter.com/NhDo19QUTJ
— SlikourOnLife (@slikouron) August 9, 2018
There would be no charts to top, no deals to sign, no tours no nothing without Linda Mkhize and what he did for this industry & that’s the shit we got caught up in, too busy with our own nonsense to reach out to our own big brother and talk to him, sit with him. Appreciate him 💔
— AKA (@akaworldwide) August 8, 2018
But Bhuti 😥 you left without a goodbye, the last time we spoke to you was on your birthday… why??? Ow but death be not proud, this is God’s Plan
— Yonela Dhlamini (@Nella_Dhlamini) August 9, 2018