Rapper Big Pokey, known by his real name Milton Powell, tragically passed away at the age of 45 after collapsing on stage during a performance in Texas. The news of his untimely death was shared through a post on his verified Instagram account, leaving fans and the music community in shock and mourning.
In a heartfelt statement, the Instagram post announced the sad news of Big Pokey’s passing and expressed gratitude for the love and support he received from his family, friends, and dedicated fans. The post also mentioned that details about his memorial and ways for the public to pay their respects would be shared in the upcoming days. During this challenging time, the family requested privacy and understanding.
Big Pokey was widely recognized for his debut album titled “The Hardest Pit in the Litter,” which was released in 1999. The album not only showcased his exceptional talent but also established him as a prominent figure in the rap scene. His unique style and lyrical prowess resonated with listeners and contributed to his growing popularity.
A video capturing the heartbreaking moment of Big Pokey collapsing on stage circulated on social media, amplifying the shock and sadness felt by his fans. Hailing from Houston, Texas, Big Pokey was not only an influential rapper but also a member of the renowned Screwed Up Click rap collective. His contributions to the music industry, particularly in Houston, left a lasting impact.
Mayor Sylvester Turner of Houston took to Twitter to pay tribute to the late rapper and acknowledge his significant role in elevating Houston’s hip-hop culture to a national level. Mayor Turner described Big Pokey’s presence as larger than life, emphasizing the positive influence he had on the city’s music scene. The mayor, along with the entire city of Houston, extended heartfelt prayers and condolences to Big Pokey’s family and friends.
Fellow member of the Screwed Up Click, Bun B, expressed his deep sorrow on Instagram, sharing memories of Big Pokey. Bun B highlighted the rapper’s natural talent, humility, and unwavering respect for others. He praised Big Pokey’s genuine character, emphasizing his loveability and the honorable way he conducted himself. Bun B regarded Big Pokey as a pillar of the community and someone who embodied the qualities of a person with a heart of gold.
The passing of Big Pokey has undoubtedly left a void in the music industry and the lives of those who knew and admired him. His influence and contributions to Houston’s rap scene will be remembered for years to come. As the news of his untimely death spreads, fans and fellow artists continue to express their love, appreciation, and deep admiration for the late rapper, honoring his talent, legacy, and the impact he made during his career.