Thursday 1 October, 2020

Louie Rankin's family appeals for financial assistance

Louie Rankin

Louie Rankin

The family of late Jamaican actor Louie Rankin – famous for his role as 'Teddy Bruk Shut' in the cult classic '"Shottas" – has set up a GoFundMe account to raise money to assist with his funeral expenses and the education and maintenance of his kids.

The actor, who died in a car crash in Canada last week, is survived by his one-year-old twin daughters; a three-year-old daughter and two step-children, ages eight and 11.

The actor's partner, executive assistant and mother to three of his children, Julie Sykes is in charge of the GoFundMe account.

GoFundMe is an American fund-raising platform where persons make donations to people or a cause. As of October 10th, the account raised US$11,775 of its US$30,000 target.

“Louie would want his children to continue a good life and have a good education. At this time we are asking for support with funeral expenses and for his youngest children's future. Even if you just share to help keep his memory alive,” announced a statement accompanying the account.

Louie Rankin, given name Leonard Ford, died on September 30 in a motor-vehicle crash on Highway 89 in Ontario, Canada. The 66-year-old St Thomas native lived in Toronto for several years.

He became a popular figure in dancehall music after the release of his song, 'Typewriter', in 1992. In his lyrics, Rankin often refers to himself as the “Original Don Dada,” a term used by many of his dancehall competitors, such as Super Cat.

Rankin also performed in noticeable acting roles as a Jamaican “gangsta” in the cult classic 'Shottas' and a scene-stealing turn as Ox in Hype Williams' 1998 film, 'Belly',  alongside hip hop heavyweights DMX and NAS.

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