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Biography

  • Born

    1953

  • Born In

    Saint Thomas, Jamaica

  • Died

    30 September 2019 (aged 66)

Louie Rankin (Leonard Forbes, 1963 – September 30, 2019) was a Jamaican dancehall reggae singer, songwriter and actor.

Leonard Forbes was born in Saint Thomas Parish, Jamaica and grew up in Rockfort and East Kingston. His most successful song was the single "Typewriter", released in 1992. In his lyrics, Rankin often referred to himself as the "Original Don Dada," a term used by many of his dancehall competitors, such as Super Cat.

Rankin also performed noticeable acting roles as a Jamaican "gangsta", in the movies Shottas and Belly. He resided in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and was considered "the real Jamaican Don Dada". Rankin was a member of the Screen Actors Guild.
He died on September 30, 2019 in a car accident in Ontario, Canada.

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