Pioneering South African hip-hop artist Linda “ProKid” Mkhize has died at the age of 37 after suffering a seizure attack.
According to a statement released by his family on Thursday morning, Pro died on Wednesday, 8 August 2018 whilst visiting friends in Johannesburg.
“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,” the statement said.
ProKid, who was born and raised in Soweto, is considered to be one of the pioneers of hip-hop music in South Africa. His untimely death came as a shock to his fans and fellow artists. Tributes have been pouring in on social media since the news of his passing broke.
We’re deeply saddened by the tragic passing of a lyrical genius, pioneering Hip Hop Artist, Linda Mkhize (Prokid). Prokid took rapping in African languages to great heights & he will go down as one of the greatest & most influential Hip Hop Artists of his generation. #RIPProKid pic.twitter.com/DIHez3G55W
— Min. Nathi Mthethwa (@NathiMthethwaSA) August 9, 2018
He was always so kind & sincere…bathong Linda..fela yalo papa? 💔 we lost an icon today…my deepest condolences to Prokid’s family,friends & fans..Re re ba gomotsege, ba tie mo moweng ka nako e e thata e…🙏🏽❤️ May he Rest In Peace! Thank you for the music. 💐 #RIPProkid pic.twitter.com/2nTT5HQPGE
— Bonang B* Matheba (@bonang_m) August 9, 2018
Praying the news is not true, but If it is then my brother I wish you safe passage into heaven. You were indeed a pioneer, a legend and one incredible Emcee. For the record I never considered you a ProKid but rather a ProKing! #RIPProKid #RipPRO #RIPLindaMkhize 🙏🏾 pic.twitter.com/XgG9GzixFv
— ProVerb (@ProVerbMusic) August 8, 2018
Sad news about our Amakhosi Soldier ProKid.
We send our Love & Peace to his family, we will miss you, hip hop icon and gentleman.
May your talented and beautiful soul Rest In Peace.
Amakhosi 4 Life!
— Kaizer Chiefs (@KaizerChiefs) August 9, 2018
Prokid paved a way for Kasi rappers and took SA Hip Hop to the top. He left giant footsteps that will live forever. Uthini Ngo Pro? The real game changer.#RIPProkid #IBelieve pic.twitter.com/rG6s1YJlgu
— 50degrees (@OskidoIBelieve) August 9, 2018
Prokid leaves behind his parents, daughter, wife and two brothers.