Local rapper and former YoTV presenter Luther Yakanawa Cohen, known as Crazy Lu reportedly died on Friday.
Crazy Lu became a child star when he hosted a popular kids programme X-Attitude, on the YoTv Kids platform on SABC 1. He later became a member of Jozi, with Bongani Fassie, Ishmael and Da Les.
Former group member Lesley Mampe, popularly known as Da Les, said Cohen will be greatly missed.
“I think what drew everybody to him was his infectious smile and his ability to make everybody entertained and keep everybody happy. I think he transcended that attitude through his music, and we were able to build a career and great moments with him. He will be greatly missed.”
Speaking to TshisaLive, Crazy Lu's brother, Marvin Cohen, confirmed the tragic news, saying that the former rapper died from an apparent asthma attack in Cambodia, where he had been residing for several years.
"All we know is that he died at 3am this morning [Friday] from an apparent asthma attack. He's been an asthmatic his whole life. A year ago he fell into a coma from a bad attack," said Marvin.
He added that the family would be travelling to Cambodia on Sunday.
Former Jozi member Da Les, paid tribute to Crazy Lu on Twitter, writing: "Rest in peace brother. Very big condolence goes out to the Cohen family. Terribly sorry we couldn't connect when you were alive. Life's short."
R.I.P to our brother and SA hip hop pioneer CRAZY LU. Thank you for all the memories and condolences to the family. We will miss you.🙏🏾❤️ pic.twitter.com/aBA6TyQH0F
— MR MAKHADO™️ (@rikyrickworld) November 8, 2019
R. I. P CRAZY LU
— #Senzenina OUT NOW ❤️ (@Rouge_Rapper) November 8, 2019
Our condolences go out to the family, friends and supporters of Luther “Crazy Lu” Cohen. Thank you for your influence in the SA hip-hop scene. @TheMarvinCohen your #LiveAMP is here for you🙏🏾 pic.twitter.com/36VEOQ8cXV
— Live Amp (@liveamp) November 8, 2019
Funny how all wanna know what happend to him since hes no more but they never asked where he was while still alive…👉🏽SHOW LOVE TO THEM ALL WHILE THEY STILL ALIVE….#RIP CRAZY LU
— JEFFREY T BEATS🇿🇦 (@MabokwaneT) November 8, 2019