Tributes pour in for 'number one Soweto boy' Linda 'Pro' Mkhize
Humble‚ gentle and kind - those are just some of the words used to describe the hip-hop star formerly known as ProKid.
Hip-hop fans across South Africa have been awake for most of Thursday after it was confirmed in the early hours of the morning that the 'Sekele' star had died.
In a statement issued on behalf of the family they said Pro, real name Linda Mkhize, was visiting friends on Wednesday night when he had a 'severe seizure' and paramedics were unable to revive him.
Celebrities including AKA‚ JR‚ Terry Pheto and Slikour have paid tribute to the musician. They've shared their personal experiences with him‚ with AKA explaining that ProKid "changed his life" and gave him his first "big break."
Fans have also taken to social media to express their shock and pay tribute to the 37 year old.
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
I was in a meeting just today and the guy was quoting your lyrics verbatim! WTF!! Now you’re gone?! No man Khabazela! 💔— Jr (@JRafrika) August 8, 2018
The worst part is that I feel like we could have done more, made more music ... reached out more. It’s like we didn’t show up for him after everything he did for the game .... even for me in particular. Now he’s gone man . Fuck.— AKA (@akaworldwide) August 8, 2018
Our very own Eminem. Ask any rapper. No one. Absolutely no one wanted this type of smoke. He was the best there ever was, the best there ever will be. I’m blessed to have called you a brother. You will forever live in my heart and headphones ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ pic.twitter.com/B9wBCi5LZi— Mahog Approved (@Rich_Mahog) August 8, 2018