JOHANNESBURG - Tributes have started pouring in for award-winning Hip Hop artist Linda Mkhize, better known as Pro Kid, who died of a severe seizure on the eve of Women's Day aged 37.
According to an official statement issued on behalf of his family, the legendary artist died on Wednesday night while visiting friends.
"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 8.38pm," it said.
Hip Hop artists including Slikour of Skwatta Kamp, JR, AKA and ProVerb all paid tributes to the "Number One Soweto Boy" - as he usually referred to himself - saying that he had inspired their music journeys and had always remained humble.
REST IN PEACE TO ONE OF THE GREATEST TO EVER DO IT. Gave me my break as a producer, gave me my break as an artist ... There will never be another PRO. ❤️ ... shocking.
— AKA (@akaworldwide) August 8, 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
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
ProKid's numerous albums, including the 2005 debut "Heads and Tales", "Dankie San" in 2007, and Snakes & Ladders in 2009, earned him a numerous awards from the HYPE Awards and the Channel O Music Video Awards but he never managed to scoop a SAMA award.
ProKid is survived by his parents, his wife Ayanda, his three-year-old daughter Nonkanyezi, his brothers and his extended family.
The family has requested privacy during this tragic period of time, saying it will update the media about funeral arrangements.