'Belly' Actor Louie Rankin Dies in Car Crash, Photo of Wreck Surfaces

7:14 AM PT -- 10/1 -- A few more details and a photo of the car crash that killed Louie Rankin have emerged ... it appears the collision killed him instantly.

Authorities in Ontario say Rankin's vehicle somehow crashed with a transport truck on Highway 89, between Country Road 12 and the 4th Line. Rankin was pronounced dead at the scene, while the truck driver suffered no physical injuries.
Based on a photo of the car wreck, obtained by TMZ, the passenger vehicle is completely torn to shreds. Cops are still investigating the exact cause of the collision, though.
Grammy award-winning artist Louie Rankin -- famous for his role as Ox in the movie "Belly" -- died in a car crash in Canada ... TMZ has confirmed.

Details are scarce, but Louie died Monday in a fatal wreck in Ontario, Canada ... the crash reportedly involved a transport truck and another vehicle.

Louie starred alongside Nas and DMX in the 1998 crime drama "Belly" ... and his character, Ox, was a Jamaican kingpin.

Nas and Louie became close friends during filming, and the pair reunited years later for a cameo in a DJ Khaled music video for his song, "Nas Album Done."

His other acting credits include 2002's "Shottas" and 2014's "We Run These Streets."

Born and raised in Jamaica, Louie was also a Jamaican dancehall and reggae artist ... and he released a huge single in 1992 called "Typewriter," which won a Grammy.

Louie often referred to himself in his lyrics as the "Original Don Dada."


Originally Published -- 9/30 6:50 PM PT