'Shottas' actor Louie Rankin dies in car crash
Jamaican actor and recording artiste, Louie Rankin – famous for his role as gangster 'Teddy Bruk Shut' in the cult movie fave 'Shottas' – reportedly died in a car crash in Ontario, Canada on Monday.
Rankin’s verified Twitter account confirmed news of his death Monday night, telling his followers: “It saddens us to have to announce that The ‘ORIGINAL DON DADA’ ‘TRAIL BLAZER” the legend - Louie Ox Rankin passed away this morning!"
The circumstances surrounding the reported accident are still unclear. It reportedly involved a transport truck and another vehicle.
When contacted Monday night, Paul Campbell - who worked with Rankin on the cult classic, ‘Shottas’ - said he hoped the rumour wasn’t true. But acknowledged it was “inundated all over IG with his pic, and people saying R.I.P”.
“Last week, I was hanging out with him, so I am really hoping this isn’t true,” Campbell told Loop News reporter Claude Mills.
Rankin also worked alongside American rap stars Nas and DMX, playing iconic gangster, 'Ox' in the movie, 'Belly'.
Several dancehall artistes including Popcaan, among others, expressed condolences to the actor's wife and family.
Louie Rankin was born Leonard Forbes in St Thomas, Jamaica. He grew up in Rockfort, Warika Hill and East Kingston. His most successful song was the single “Typewriter,” released in 1992. In his lyrics, Rankin often refers to himself as the “Original Don Dada,” a term used by many of his dancehall competitors, such as Super Cat.
He resided in Toronto, Ontario before his death and was reportedly a member of the Screen Actors Guild.