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Big Pokey's Death Shakes Houston Rap World

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The rap world is mourning the loss of Big Pokey after the Houston hip-hop star collapsed on stage during a performance in Beaumont, Texas. It was confirmed on Sunday that Big Pokey, whose real name was Milton Powell, passed away at St. Elizabeth Hospital after losing consciousness at Pour 09 Bar late Saturday night. He was 45.

Justice of The Peace Tom Gillam III confirmed the rapper's death to KFDM, though the cause of death remains unknown pending an autopsy.

The news sent shockwaves through the internet as fans, friends, and fellow artists took to social media to express their grief. UGK rapper Bun B shared a heartfelt tribute on Instagram, calling Big Pokey "one of the most naturally talented artists in the city" and praising his humility and impact on the music scene.

Fellow rapper Trae Tha Truth also expressed his sorrow, sharing a post on Instagram where he described his disbelief and promised to honor Big Pokey's memory.

Big Pokey gained prominence as a member of the Screwed Up Click, a collective of artists associated with influential DJ Screw and his distinct chopped-and-screwed style of music. Known for his deep, gritty voice and captivating delivery, he made significant contributions to Houston's vibrant hip-hop scene.

Big Pokey released several solo albums, including "Hardest Pit in the Litter" and "Da Sky's Da Limit," which showcased his lyrical prowess and street storytelling.

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