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A 23-year-old man has pleaded guilty to causing the death of rapper Cadet by dangerous driving.
Jordon Birch, appeared at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court to face a charge of causing the death of 28-year-old rapper in the early hours of February 9.
Birch, of Grove Crescent, Woore, is also charged with causing serious injury to Kashif Usman by dangerous driving.
Wearing black trousers and a black jumper, and carrying a black bag, Birch faced the family of Cadet, real name is Blaine Cameron Johnson, in court.
Cadet was a back seat passenger in a Toyota Prius taxi on his way to perform at Keele University's student union when his cab was involved in a crash with a Vauxhall Combo van driven by Jordon Birch.
The south London-based rapper was pronounced dead at the scene on the A531 Main Road, Wrinehill, near Betley.
The defendant, Mr Usman and three other passengers in the taxi were rushed to hospital.
Cadet's family confirmed news of his death in a statement: "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.
"Love The Johnson Family #cadetcadet #imbuff #underratedlegend #ripcadet."
Cadet was known best for his most recent single “Advice”, a collaboration with Deno Driz. It peaked at number 27 in the UK chart with 31 million views on YouTube to date after its release in October 2018.
He grew up alongside fellow rappers Konan, Krept, and Redz as part of the notorious Gipset gang.
As teens, the crew, based in Gipsy Hill, near Clapham in south London, gained considerable following towards the end of the noughties with videos of freestyles about gang life and London living.
The crew broke up in 2013 when its members decided to focus on their solo careers.
Cadet's cousin Casyo “Krept” Johnson, fellow member of Gipset, would go on to become one half of Mobo-winning Grime duo Krept & Konan.
Tributes to the UK star, who hailed from Clapham, South London, flooded social media following his death.
His cousin Krept led the tributes online saying: “My life will never be the same again. I love you and will forever miss you. I can’t believe it. I am heartbroken.”
Other tributes poured in, including from fellow rapper and Brit Award winner Stormzy wrote on Instagram : “Everyone loves you look at what everyone has to say about your heart and character.”
Krept helped organise a memorial in Hyde Park in February, inviting fans to join the family in remembering the talented grime star.
Cadet's mum made an emotional speech, saying: “I need you men to express yourselves, express your feelings. If it’s not to your mothers, to somebody, don’t hold it up, don’t keep pent up anger inside you, it’s not good.
"Tomorrow is not guaranteed to any of you. Don’t waste it being in anger.”
Cadet was due to perform at Wireless festival in London this summer. Wireless his performance slot on the bill “as a time to reflect on the memory of Blaine”.
Since his death the rapper's friends family have set up the Cadet Trust in his name, to help youth projects within Lambeth and South London who require funding and support.
Last week a total of 2,967 specially gift wrapped Christmas shoeboxes were loaded on a Romanian bound truck in Manorhamilton.
A massive effort over the past few months by Team Hope North Leitrim members and its supporters went in to getting this cargo of generosity ready for less well off Romanian children.
Team Hope North Leitrim acknowledges that they have received tremendous support for the Romanian project from many people in the countywide Leitrim community including schools, businesses, etc.
Commenting on the success of their Romanian project a Team Hope North Leitrim spokesperson said it “wishes to thank all the volunteers, groups, schools and businesses for their support over the last three weeks; those that contributed in the sorting centre; those that donated financially and with gifts of fillers and shoeboxes.
“Thanks is expressed to the transition year students from St. Clare’s Comprehensive School and Lough Allen College who visited the Centre to sort shoeboxes and assisted with the loading of the boxes onto the truck last Thursday.”