SA Hip-Hop artist ProKid (Pic: IOL)

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.

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. 

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African News Agency (ANA)