The family of hip-hop artist ProKid has confirmed that he died on Wednesday night after suffering a seizure.

The family of 37-year-old artist whose real name is Linda Mkhize released a statement saying he was visiting friends when the seizure occurred.

Paramedics could not revive him.

Fans and colleagues in the music industry have taken to social media with tributes to the artist.

Fellow hip-hop artist Proverb called ProKid a legend, while Tweezy said he was inspiration.

His family has asked for privacy and details on his memorial and funeral service will be announced in time.

More tributes to the artist

Fans and colleagues in the music industry have taken to social media with tributes to the artist. Music producer – Sketchy Bongo – says the music industry has lost a pioneer of hip-hop.

“It’s a huge shock to the industry. He was one of the most prolific MCs in hip-hop in South Africa. He was one of the pioneers. He started doing this stuff before hip-hop was everywhere and popular in South Africa. He just opened a lot of doors for people and it’s sad that he didn’t really get the recognition now for the amount influence he actually made on the industry.”