‘Belly’ Star Louie Rankin Dies In Fatal Car Crash

Louie Rankin, a Grammy Award-winning artist and Jamaican actor best known for his role in Belly, has died, according to reports.

TMZ reported Tuesday that Rankin was involved in a fatal car crash on Monday in Toronto between the vehicle in which he was riding and a truck. The collision killed him instantly. He was pronounced dead on the scene, according to local officials.

Rankin’s executive assistant Jewlz Sykes also confirmed the news of his death in a memorial post on Instagram.

“There are no words,” she began in a caption. “Sleep with the angels my King!”

Along with starring in Belly, Rankin, whose birth name is Leonard Forbes, also appeared in the 2002 film Shottas.

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His career also included a successful stint as a Jamaican dancehall artist. Rankin released Showdown in 1992, which included the megahit single, “Typewriter” that earned him a Grammy Award. He’d go on to release another album a year later called Lethal Weapon.



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