'Belly' actor, Grammy winner Louie Rankin dead in car crash

'Belly' actor, Grammy winner Louie Rankin dead in car crash

This Monday, Sept. 30, 2019 photo shows the aftermath of a fatal crash involving a car and a transport truck. Canadian police say the Jamaican musician and actor known as Louie Rankin died in the car crash involving a transport truck.

TORONTO — Actor and musician Louie Rankin has died, according to TMZ. He was killed in a car crash.

The Associated Press reported that Rankin, whose real name was Leonard Ford, died at the scene when his car crashed with a transport truck, according to Ontario Provincial Police Const. Shannon Gordanier. The driver of the truck wasn't harmed, officials said.

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A spokesperson for Rankin confirmed the death on Twitter.

People reported that Rankin said on Instagram he was filming a movie in Canada the day before the crash.

It's not clear what year he was born, but the actor is from Jamaica and has notably appeared alongside DMX and Nas in the 1998 drama "Belly."

"Great working with this man," Nas wrote on Instagram of Rankin. "A legend. In ‘Belly' you stole the show."

He was a prominent musician in the dance hall scene. The Source reported his most successful single, "Typewriter," was released in 1992 and earned him a Grammy.