Tributes pour in for Louie Rankin

by October 1st, 2019

Members of the entertainment industry locally and internationally continue to flood social media platforms with messages of condolence following the sudden death of Louie Rankin.

The Jamaican born Grammy-award winning entertainer famous for his role as Ox in the movie “Belly” died in a car crash in Ontario, Canada on Monday.

Louie Rankin starred alongside Nas and DMX in the 1998 crime drama “Belly” where he played a Jamaican Kingpin called Ox.

He was best known for his profound performance as Teddy Bruckshut in “Shottas” in 2002 which also featured Ky-Mani Marley and Spragga Benz. His other films included 2014’s “We Run These Streets” and most recent, “The Intent II” a Netflix original movie that also featured PopCaan.

Sizzla, Vybz Kartel, PopCaan, Ky-Mani Marley, Shaggy, Tarrus Riley, and Bugle are among the slew of entertainers who have sent messages of condolence via social media.

PopCaan via Instagram said; “Legends don’t die!!!! It is very unfortunate what happened to you fam but God knows best. rest up fada Louie your memories are forever..!!! @louie_rankin.”

Meanwhile, his Shottas co-stars Ky-Mani Marley and Spragga Benz express disbelief at his sudden passing.

Other social media reactions came from DJ Khaled, Swizz Beats, Jabba, and Steflon Don.

Louie Rankin was also a Jamaican dancehall deejay. In 1992, he released the song “Typewriter,” which won a Grammy.

Louie Rankin was born Leonard Forbes in St, Thomas, Jamaica, and grew up in the Rockfort, Waurika Hill and East Kingston areas.