Big Pokey has passed away, a representative of the Houston rapper confirms it painting. He was 45 years old.
A mainstay on Houston’s local hip-hop scene, Big Pokey — whose real name is Milton Powell — collapsed on stage Saturday night (June 17) during a performance at Pour 09 Bar in Beaumont, Texas, according to local news stations. He was taken to the hospital, where he passed away. The cause of his death is pending.
“In loving memory” shared on Big Pokey’s official Instagram account Sunday night read: “It is with deep sadness that we share the news of the passing of our beloved ‘Big Pokey’ Powell. Big Pokey passed away on June 18, 2023. He was loved by his family, friends and loyal fans In the coming days, we will be posting information about his celebration of life and how the public can pay their respects. We ask that you respect his family and their privacy during this difficult time. Big Pokey will forever be his “toughest hole in the trash.”
Pour 09 Bar wrote in a Facebook update, “We would like everyone to send their prayers to Big Pokey and his family. Out of respect for those involved, we will not be commenting on the incident to allow his family and friends time to grieve and make a statement when they are ready. This is a tragedy no one expected and our only prayers are with his family and friends.” “.
Big Pokey has dropped six full-length studio albums throughout his career, starting with The hardest hole in the trash in 1999. His latest album, Senseireleased in 2021.
In 2005, the rapper joined forces with Paul Wall on the song “Sittin’ Sidewayz”, which charted on the Billboard Hot 100.
“The City of Houston and I extend our prayers and condolences to the family and friends of the legendary rapper #BigPokey,” Sylvester Turner, Mayor of the City of Houston, said. tweeted on Sunday, a reference to local hip-hop group Screwed Up Click. “Although many have described him as ‘low key,’ his presence has been larger than life in helping launch the hip-hop scene nationally. We are grateful.”
Pon B, who is also based in Houston and part of Screwed Up Click, paid tribute to Big Pokey on Instagram: “I wasn’t ready for this,” he said. “One of the most naturally gifted artists in town. A low key, humble mountain of a man who moved with honor and respect. He was easy to love and hard to hate. He would stop what he was doing and go home. A corner of our city. If a man had a heart of gold.” Distinguished member of SUC There will never be another and we will miss him dearly. We love and honor you, Sensei. Rest in heaven.
In another post, Bun B encouraged others to listen to Big Pokey’s Sensei. “Let’s go on all streaming platforms and make this number one album in the country today. Go to youtubespotifyapplemusictidalpandora and elsewhere for legend @sucbigpokey today. Let’s send his family a message that we love him! Long live Big Pokey!”