Black The Ripper has passed away aged 32.
The North London MC, real name Dean West, emerged onto the rap scene in the early 2000s and shot to fame with mixtapes such as ‘Afro Samurai’ and ‘Holla Black’.
In recent times, Black The Ripper was also known for his dedication towards publicly campaigning for the legalisation of cannabis in the UK.
The cause of his death is currently unconfirmed.
Hordes of fellow artists have come out on social media to pay their respects to the late rapper, including Chip, who lamented the fact that mourners would not be able to attend the funeral due to the coronavirus pandemic, writing: “I know the people would wanna come out for him. RIP Black The Ripper.”
Bless your soul my brudda 🙌🏿 pic.twitter.com/cr2zeMqonH
— Big Smoke – (@Skepta) April 6, 2020
What’s fucked is in the times he can’t even be layed to rest the way he deserves. I know the people would wanna come out for him. Kmt. Fucked up man. RIP Black The Ripper. 💔🙏🏾🌹🐾
— Chip (@OfficialChip) April 6, 2020
I can’t believe the news I’ve just got.
I had good times with you cuz.
Everyone’s gonna miss you.
Rest in peace Black the ripper.
— Novelist (@Novelist) April 6, 2020
No way black the ripper. R.I.P man fuckinghell what a horrible year
— TALLY (@kreptplaydirty) April 6, 2020
2020 is the worst year we’ve ever seen. RIP Black The Ripper
— HOLLYWOOD HARDY (@HardyCaprio) April 6, 2020
Black the ripper a Edmonton legend Rest in peace 🙏🏽
— T WAYNE 9 (@TIONWAYNE) April 6, 2020