Houston rapper Big Pokey, whose real name was Milton Powel, tragically passed away on Sunday morning after collapsing onstage during a show in Texas at the age of 45.
According to TMZ, the incident occurred during Big Pokey’s performance at Pour09 Bar & Rooftop in Beaumont, Texas, late Saturday night. The cause of his death is still unknown.
Big Pokey’s team released a heartfelt statement to local news station FOX 26, expressing their deep sadness over the sudden loss.
“With heavy hearts, we share the news of the untimely passing of our beloved Milton ‘Big Pokey’ Powell,” the statement read. “On June 18, 2023, Big Pokey departed from us. He was cherished by his family, friends, and devoted fans.”
The statement further mentioned that details about the funeral arrangements will be announced in the coming days.
“In the upcoming days, we will provide information about his celebration of life and how the public can pay their respects. We kindly ask for privacy and understanding for his family during this challenging period. Big Pokey will forever remain ‘The Hardest Pit in the Litter.'”
Houston icon Bun B took to Instagram to express his condolences and pay tribute to Big Pokey’s tragic passing.
“I wasn’t prepared for this. One of the most naturally gifted artists in our city,” Bun shared on Instagram. “He was a low-key, humble giant of a man who carried himself with honor and respect. He was easy to love and difficult to hate. He would come, do his thing, and go home. A true pillar of our city. If a heart of gold had a person. An iconic member of the SUC. There will never be another like him, and he will be deeply missed. We love and honor you, Sensei. Rest in heaven.”