A Keele University student asked for a refund after they were unable to see Croydon-based rapper Cadet perform, who died in a car crash in the early hours of Saturday morning on his way to the midlands university.
The Keele student, whose Twitter handle is Jordi Foxx, tweeted: “What about full/partial refunds for the people who brought tickets to see Cadet? The description for the event was literally ‘Cadet live at Keele SU’.”
Causing outrage, students responded by urging the student to consider the fact that “nobody could have predicted [his death]” and that they need to “have some respect”.
Others commented on the calls for a refund and said that this was a sign of “utter disrespect”. One person whose Twitter handle is _guccikk said: “Forgot a fiver is more important than someone’s life.”
A tweet from the university’s students’ union said: “We are deeply saddened to hear the tragic news that Cadet passed away en route to Keele in the early hours of this morning.
“We would like to offer our sincere condolences to his loved ones at this difficult time.”
Staffordshire Police are requesting for any information regarding any witnesses or anyone with dashcam footage of the crash, which happened at 1:30am.
A spokesman said: “We are now in a position to name the man who sadly lost his life in a road traffic collision in Betley this morning (Saturday 9 February).
“Blaine Cameron Johnson, 28, of London, died after the Toyota Prius he was travelling in was involved in a collision with a Vauxhall Combo van at 1.30am. He was pronounced dead at the scene.”
The 28-year-old rapper is the cousin of Krept, who is part of the rap duo Krept & Konan that performed at the University of Warwick.
Cadet has produced a number of songs, including: ‘Advice’, ‘Closure’, ‘No Way’ and ‘Stereotype’. He also regularly posted freestyle rap segments on YouTube.
To pay tribute following his death, family, friends and fans have gathered in Hyde Park where his mother said: “I want you to be celebrating his life. I want peace and harmony.
“I am so proud of him because he accomplished so much in his life. I am unhappy he has gone but it is not in vain.”