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South African Hip-Hop Artist MC ProKid Dies From Seizure at Age 37

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Legendary South African hip-hop artist MC ProKid has died. Family members of the MC confirmed that the 37-year-old had died from a massive seizure on Thursday.

According to Times Live, the family’s statement read, "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 20:38.” He’s survived by his wife Ayanda and his 3-year-old daughter Nonkanyezi.

ProKid, who was considered to be one of the pioneers of hip-hop in South Africa, was most known for his album, Ghetto Science and Uthini Ngo Pro. 

One of ProKid’s last live performances was at the Basha Uhuru Music Festival in Johannesburg in July. After news of his death circulate, the festival’s Twitter account posted a statement in remembrance of the performance.

“Rest In Peace #ProKid, what a great performance you delivered at Basha Uhuru,” the post reads. “How you waved at the crowd when you finished performing… went backstage and returned to wave back some more… saying your goodbyes to your fans. You were a true genuine gift to the hip hop world!”