Grime ‘legend’ Stormin ‘dies after battle with cancer’
Grime artist Stormin – hailed a pioneer within the music scene – has died following a battle with skin cancer, according to reports.
The east London MC rose to prominence as a member of the influential N.A.S.T.Y Crew – a collective of artists, which included the likes of Kano, Ghetts and D double E.
Music fans and stars of the genre paid tribute to the artist after he reportedly died overnight.
His death comes after he told fans in 2016 he was battling stage two skin cancer, which had spread to his neck.
He publicly addressed his illness in his latest album #BRB (Be Right Back).
In November 2016, he tweeted that he was "cancer free". He wrote: "Back from the hospital and it's time to get the bottles out. Man is cancer free, the feeling is unreal."
Back from the hospital and it's time to get the bottles out man is cancer free the feeling is unreal
— The Hype Master (@storminmc) November 24, 2016
But in January he posted a photo of himself in hospital and said he was struggling to breathe or swallow.
"Back in hospital gotta stay in over night because I couldn't swallow this morning or breath propa I thought I was gonna die so I give thanks to the king almighty Jah Rastafari and my woman because I honestly thought I wouldn't be alive today," he wrote.
And in February he posted from his hospice bed and wrote: "Hospice keeping strong and fighting hard. Praise JAH."
Rapper Devlin was among Stormin's peers paying tribute.
He wrote: "Woke to terrible news today and tearing while I write this… Thanks for encouraging me and showing me love when I was starting out brother. R.I.P The LEGEND MC STORMIN."
Grime DJ Logan Sama said he was "so glad" he spent time with the artist and his family before his death.
"I saw him perform, still just a boy, at Stratford EQ's before grime was even a genre nearly 20 years ago," he added.
"Now he's gone. Rest easy sir. A true legend."
Rapper Skepta posted a photo of the MC, and fellow Boy Better Know artist Frisco wrote: "Stormin what a fighter! Rest in perfect peace brother #RIP."
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Artists who grew up listening to Stormin shared their stories.
I’m really sad to hear about Stormin passing away. He was my favourite MC growing up. I used to write out all his bars out when I was a 12 year old and recite them. He showed me nothing but love. Thoughts and prayers with his family at this difficult time pic.twitter.com/ByBmT69dyc
— Nick Brewer (@ItsNickBrewer) February 19, 2018
Nick Brewer tweeted: "I'm really sad to hear about Stormin passing away. He was my favourite MC growing up. I used to write out all his bars out when I was a 12 year old and recite them. He showed me nothing but love."