ProKid

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ProKid
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Background information
Birth name Linda Mkhize
Born 25 June 1981
Soweto, Johannesburg
Gauteng, South Africa
Died 08 August 2018 (aged 37)
Johannesburg, Gauteng
South Africa
Genres Hip hop
Occupation(s)
  • Rapper
  • Musician
  • Record Producer
Years active 1994–2018
Associated acts

ProKid (born Linda Mkhize on 25 June 1981 - 08 August 2018) was a South African rapper, recording artist and Record Producer. His 2005 "Ghetto Science" was perhaps his magnum opus. ProKid is considered a pioneer of South African Hip Hop. He later in his career he went by the moniker of Pro, stylised PRO. He died in the early in the evening of Wednesday of 08 August 2018 after suffering a seizure.


Death

ProKid died in the early in the evening of Wednesday of 08 August 2018 after suffering a seizure. Prior to his death there had not been any reports alluding to his illness.

"The legendary SA hip-hop artist affectionately known as ProKid ... passed away on Wednesday. He suffered a severe seizure attack while visiting friends and paramedics were called in to assist. They did their best to revive him to no avail and called his time of death at 8.38pm," read part of the statement.

Speaking to Drum ProKid’s cousin Nhlanhla Mohlauli said: “We are feeling so much better. It ended the speculations and the wrong statements in the media that he died because of drugs and alcohol abuse. They (results) proving that it was none of that.”

On 15 August 2018, ProKid’s family revealed that he suffered a Hemosuccus Pancreaticus, a rare cause of gastrointestinal bleeding.

On Thursday 16 August 2018, ProKid’s memorial service was held in Newtown, Johannesburg. Among those in attendance were heavyweights of South African politics, Julius Malema and Zizi Kodwa.

ProKid is survived by his mother Fikile, father Zwelakhe Kheswa, wife Ayanda, and 3-year old daughter, Nonkanyezi. He will be laid to rest at West Park Cemetery. The funeral service will take place at the UJ Soweto Campus at 8:00.


References

  1. Times LIVE, Hip-hop star ProKid, 37, dead after 'severe seizure', 14 August 2018
  2. Sowetan LIVE, Prokid died on the bed of his lover, 14 August 2018
  3. Channel 24, ProKid’s autopsy results reveal real cause of death, 14 August 2018