Popular American rapper Milton Powell, professionally known as Big Pokey, is dead.
The 45-year-old singer collapsed on stage while performing at a bar in Beaumont, Texas, on Saturday night.
Footage from the event showed the Houston-born rapper with a mic in his hand, speaking with a DJ on stage, when he exhaled heavily, tripped, and fell.
The incident was confirmed in a statement on the rapper’s verified Instagram page.
“It is with deep sadness that we share the news of the passing of our beloved Milton ‘Big Pokey’ Powell.
“Big Pokey passed away. 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 be ‘The Hardest Pit in the Litter.”