Grime trailblazer Major Ace has died. His family reports that the rapper – real name Luke Monero – had been battling with a brain tumour for almost three years. Major Ace was part of the UK garage crew Pay As U Go Cartel.
His brother Cass confirmed Monero’s passing via Instagram earlier today (October 9). He wrote: “My older brother Luke Monero/Major Ace/ Majorace Monero Demajor Ace Monero has sadly passed away early hours this morning… im in absolute pieces!
“He was suffering from a brain tumour for almost 3 years now… me and my mum looked after him every day and it was our pleasure.
“What a personality and soul he was! I honestly can’t handle any phone calls but msgs are OK… if u knew him or knew of him please share and let everyone know the sad news..
“I’m so proud of my big bro he achieved so much in his short life! Love u bro forever LEGEND IN THE GAME x”
Grime musicians Lethal Bizzle, Tinchy Stryder, Wretch 32 and Wiley among others have taken to social media to pay tribute.
Lethal Bizzle said: “Thank you for the memories bro sleep deep”
Tinchy Stryder said: “Like I still can’t believe this man, I mean wow! Original in this, we grew up listening to you, Pay as you go, Rinse fm, shut down raves etc”
Like I still can’t believe this man, I mean wow! Original in this, we grew up listening to you, Pay as you go, Rinse fm, shut down raves etc. #RIPMajorAce 💔😇🙏🏾— Tinchy Stryder (@TinchyStryder) October 8, 2017
Wiley posted: “Rest In Peace Brother...You are the original Wiley the way you got us all together.See u 1 day again brother.Thank you for showing me the way.”
Major Ace’s fellow Pay As U Go Cartel members included Wiley, Gods Gift, and DJ Slimzee Geeneus and DJ Wildfire. Their 2001 hit,‘Champagne Dance’, charted at Number 13.