London (CNN)Up-and-coming UK rapper Cadet was killed in a car crash in England's West Midlands region in the early hours of Saturday, police said.
The 28-year-old, real name Blaine Johnson, was being driven to a gig at Keele University in Staffordshire at the time, Britain's Press Association news agency reported.
A statement on Cadet's Instagram page, cited by PA, said: "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.
"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."
Staffordshire Police said the rapper died at the scene following a collision between a taxi and a van in the village of Betley. Police are investigating what led to the crash.