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Rapper gasps, collapses on stage, dies at 45.

A Tragic Loss: Houston Rapper Big Pokey Dies on Stage

A 45-year-old rapper from Houston, Texas, met an untimely demise on Saturday night while performing at a bar in Beaumont.

Footage on social media shows Milton Powell, known by the stage name “Big Pokey,” collapsing just after he gasped for air while holding a microphone close to his mouth.

The incident occurred at the Pour 09 Bar, Beaumont’s first rooftop bar.

Powell was hospitalized later that night after paramedics attempted CPR on him. Powell’s death was later confirmed by authorities, the New York Post reported.

The Cause of Death Remains a Mystery

“It is with deep sadness that we share the news of the passing of our beloved Milton ‘Big Pokey’ Powell,” the rapper’s publicist wrote in a statement shared with KPRC-TV.

“He was well loved by his family, his friends, and his loyal fans,” the publicist wrote.

“In the coming days, we will release information about his celebration of life and how the public can pay their respects,” the news release stated.

Pour 09 Bar, the venue, offered their condolences to the rapper’s loved ones in a social media post shared on its Facebook page.

A Legacy in Chopped and Screwed Hip-Hop

“We would like everyone to send their prayers to Big Pokey and his family,” the bar’s management wrote.

“Out of respect for those involved, we will not be commenting on the incident to allow his family and friends ample time to mourn and make a statement when they are ready,” the social media post stated. “This is a tragedy that no one expected, and only our prayers go out to his family and friends.”

Powell was known for his work in the “chopped and screwed” style of Southern hip-hop music, which finds its roots in the 90s and is characterized by low tempos.

Powell initially began his music career working on remixes with DJ Screw in the early half of the decade before releasing his first full-length album, “Hardest Pit in the Litter,” in 1999, according to AllMusic.

He was a member of the rap group Screw Up Click, according to the Post.

The rapper released his last album, “Play Tha Game,” in 2023.

“The City of Houston and I extend our prayers and condolences to our own Screwed Up Click legendary rapper [Big Pokey] family and friends,” Democratic Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner wrote in a social media post on Twitter.

“Though many called him ‘low key,’ his presence was larger than life in helping to catapult our hip hop scene nationally,” Turner said.

The post Rapper Starts Gasping Into Mic, Then Suddenly Collapses on Stage – Dies at 45 appeared first on The Western Journal.

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