South Africans woke up on Women’s Day to the shocking news that one of South Africa’s hip-hop greats, Pro Kid, has died. The family of the 37-year-old confirmed that the star suffered a seizure while enjoying time with his friends on August 8 and that they’re still coming to terms with this devastating loss.
“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‚” ProKid’s family said in a statement. “He is survived by his mother Fikile, his father Zwelakhe Kheswa, wife Ayanda, three-year-old daughter Nonkanyezi, his brothers and his extended family. Further details will be furnished as soon as his family has gathered.”
The rapper was considered a one of the pioneers of the local hip-hop game and was behind tracks like Ghetto Science and Uthini Ngo Pro. Being one of the most prominent faces of South African hip-hop in its early stages, ProKid inspired a wave of the biggest stars in the genre today who were, naturally, shocked by his passing.
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
He was always so kind & sincere…bathong Linda..fela yalo papa? 💔 we lost an icon today…my deepest condolences to Prokid’s family,friends & fans..Re re ba gomotsege, ba tie mo moweng ka nako e e thata e…🙏🏽❤️ May he Rest In Peace! Thank you for the music. 💐 #RIPProkid pic.twitter.com/2nTT5HQPGE
— Bonang B* Matheba (@bonang_m) August 9, 2018
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
Rest In Peace PRO KID, we are grateful for everything you did in your time here. You will be celebrated as a pioneer of the game and remembered as an all round great person 🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾 RIP BIG MAN, the angels await you.
— #StayShining (@rikyrickworld) August 9, 2018
We would like to extend our deepest condolences on the passing of one of the legendary South African Hip Hop artist, Linda #ProKid Mkhize. May your soul rest in peace #RIPProKid #RIPLindaMkhize #DankieSan [Photo: Twitter] pic.twitter.com/p1f5uHWcUG
— South African Government (@GovernmentZA) August 9, 2018
Prokid paved a way for Kasi rappers and took SA Hip Hop to the top. He left giant footsteps that will live forever. Uthini Ngo Pro? The real game changer.#RIPProkid #IBelieve pic.twitter.com/rG6s1YJlgu
— 50degrees (@OskidoIBelieve) August 9, 2018
Lost for words 💔
I love you for making me who I am through your music and talent. Dankie San!
RIP Linda “PRO fka Prokid” Mkhize 🙏🏾 pic.twitter.com/j1xD50HoQT
— K.O (@MrCashtime) August 9, 2018
We are deeply saddened to hear our dear friend Linda Mkhize better known as ProKid has passed away. Our condolences go out to all his family, friends and fans. 😢❤️ #ProKid #bringustogether pic.twitter.com/AOjG2j6grN
— Prime Circle (@Prime_Circle) August 9, 2018
— Boity Thulo (@Boity) August 9, 2018
Rest In Peace to a legend and KING. You’ll never be forgotten PRO KID. pic.twitter.com/iUIj4ylgIW
— Da L.E.S (@2freshLES) August 9, 2018
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