Cadet car crash: driver pleads guilty to causing rapper's death
3 December 2019, 15:25 | Updated: 3 December 2019, 15:33
A 23-year-old driver has pleaded guilty to causing the death of South London rapper Cadet, 28, after he was killed on his way to a concert.
The 28-year-old rapper, whose real name was Blaine Cameron Johnson, died in the crash in Wrinehill, Staffordshire, on 9 February on his way to perform at Keele University.
Jordon Birch, 23, appeared at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court to face a charge of causing the rapper's death.
According to The Sun, Birch, Grove Crescent in Woore, Shropshire, also admitted to causing serious injury to Kahif Usman by dangerous driving.
Peter Cooper, who is Birch's lawyer, told the court Birch was sorry for for what he did. Cooper said "He is appalled and he offers his full apology".
Cooper continued "Not that it changes anything, he offers a full apology to members of the bereaved family. He is not hoping to gain by it, he just wants to say it.”
Birch is due to be sentenced on 9 January.
Cadet was a victim of a car crash, where he was a passenger in a Toyota Prius taxi. The rapper's cab was involved with a collision with a Vauxhall Combo van. The "Advice" rapper was pronounced dead at the scene on the A531 in Betley.
The heartbroken family of the rapper confirmed his death in a statement on his Instagram.
The post read "We the family of Blaine Cameron Johnson known as Cadet (Underrated Legend) would like to share the sad news that during the early hours of 9th February 2019 he passed away as a passenger in a taxi, en route to a performance."
The post continue to say "Right now we the family appreciate your patience and will share with you any information as and when we can. Thanks for your support in advance."
Cadet's best-known tracks included Letter To Krept, Instagram Girls and Advice, as well as his two EPs, The Commitment and The Commitment 2.
Krept, who is Cadet's cousin, shared great moments on stage with Cadet on Krept & Konan's 'The Long Way Home' tour. Cadet also toured Manchester rapper Bugzy Malone.
Cadet's last upload to Instagram showed a photo of himself on stage performing. The caption of the post read "Home." The rising star, who found success on YouTube, was due to perform at Wireless Festival 2019.
Wireless 2019 still had an hour set for Cadet, where his family and loved ones came on stage and let balloons go into the sky.
Announcing his schedule, the festival said: "The proclaimed 'Underrated Legend', Cadet, stepped into the music scene during the second half of 2015 with a hard-hitting freestyle reaching over half a million views in just a few months."
Cadet's last single before he passed away is Advice with Deno Driz, which peaked at number 27 in the charts.