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Video: Houston Rapper Big Pokey collapsing and passing out on stage

BEAUMONT, TEXAS – Houston rap legend, Milton Powell, famously known as Big Pokey, passed away at CHRISTUS St. Elizabeth Hospital late Saturday night after losing consciousness at Pour 09 Bar in Beaumont. The sudden loss has sent shockwaves throughout the hip-hop community.

A video showing Big Pokey collapsing has been making its rounds on social media. It’s origins are unknown but it can be viewed below:

Justice of the Peace Tom Gillam III verified the tragic news earlier today. An official cause of death has yet to be determined and is pending an autopsy.

Big Pokey, a major figure in Houston’s rap scene, was an iconic member of the Screwed Up Click (SUC). His musical influence spans decades and his unique style has left an indelible imprint on the genre.

Reacting to the news, long-time friend and fellow rapper Bun B, a Port Arthur native, took to Instagram to pay tribute to Big Pokey.

“I wasn’t ready for this,” Bun B shared. “One of the most naturally talented artists in the city. Low key, humble mountain of a man who moved with honor and respect. He was easy to love and hard to hate.”

The Port Arthur artist continued, “He’d pull up, do what he had to do and head home. One of the pillars of our city. If heart of gold was a person. Iconic member of the SUC. There will never be another and will be missed dearly. We love and honor you Sensei. Rest in heaven.”

News of Big Pokey’s sudden demise has seen an outpouring of grief and condolences on social media from fans, fellow artists, and industry professionals alike, all paying their respects to the Houston rap icon. The unexpected loss underscores the fragility of life and reminds us of the significant role Big Pokey played in shaping the sound of Houston hip-hop.

As fans, friends, and family grapple with the loss, the hip-hop world mourns one of its own. A pillar of the community and a man of immense talent, Big Pokey will be dearly missed.

This story is developing and more information will be provided as it becomes available.

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