Comedic deejay, Food Kartel passes away

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Veteran dancehall artiste, Food Kartel, known for his comedic, food-inspired remakes of hit songs, has died.

The entertainer, whose real name was Courtney Broughton, reportedly passed away Wednesday night, days after suffering a suspected stroke. The artiste is survived by nine children.

Friend and fellow deejay, Macka Diamond told the Jamaica Star, “I will always remember Food Kartel as a man who loved music, he was a great live performer, and an encouraging individual. He was a real vibes man, happy no matter what was going through in his life.”

He would always find a way to hustle a money so that he and his fellow artistes could do road and promote our songs,” she continued. It is tragic that he died so young.”

Food Kartel was known for spoofing songs by incarcerated dancehall superstar, Vybz Kartel in particular, with song such as Kitchen Hero (a spin of Dancehall Hero) and Dumpling Tight, Some of his other songs included Brown Stew Fish and Hot Rice.

He was seldom heard from after 2011, however, after he was accused of carnal abuse after alleged sexual assault on a young girl. The case was eventually thrown out, but his career never fully recovered.

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