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Houston rapper Big Pokey dies at age 48

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By- USA NATIONAL POST

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Rapper Big Pokey has died at the age of 45 after collapsing on stage in Texas.

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Witnesses rushed to help the 45-year-old before he was taken to a nearby hospital. He died on Sunday.

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“He was well loved by his family, his friends, and his loyal fans," his publicist said in a statement.

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Big Pokey will forever be 'The Hardest Pit In The Litter!'", the statement added, a reference to the rapper's debut album.

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Paramedics were called shortly before midnight local time, a Beaumont Police spokeswoman told the Houston Chronicle. A cause of death has not been released.

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Powell was best known as a founding member of the Screwed Up Click, an influential hip-hop collective of Houston-based artists.

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It helped pioneer the city's "chopped-and-screwed" sound, a laid-back, low-slung, style produced by slowing the pitch and tempo of the underlying track.

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Powell charted in the Billboard Hot 100 when he appeared on the Paul Wall single Sittin Sidewayz in 2005. And last year, he featured on Megan Thee Stallion's Southside Royalty Freestyle.

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