Tributes paid to garage star MC Sparks

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Garage star MC Sparks has died, according to the radio station on which he presents a show.

On Saturday night, Flex FM, which broadcasts online, dedicated entire programmes to the MC.

Artists and DJs have also been paying tribute.

His long-time collaborator MC Kie tweeted: "I'm devastated. I have lost my musical partner in crime. You are admired by thousands & your legacy lives on."

It's not yet known how he died.

MC Sparks, whose real name was Sean Jones, was best known for his 2000 track Fly-Bi, which he recorded with MC Kie.

He hosted a Saturday night show on Flex FM with his brother, DJ Statix.

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The hashtag #RIPMCSparks trended on Twitter with many DJs, including 1Xtra's MistaJam and Charlie Sloth, paying tribute.

DJ Target wrote: "'Check one, Step into gear. Have no fear, Sparks and Kie are here' RIP MC Sparks, legend in the game."

Whilst MC Sparks never released many singles, he spent more than 10 years as a well known regular on the garage circuit.

Tulisa Contostavlos tweeted: "RIP MC Sparks. A garage legend who was part of many of our teenage years."

Rapper Kano wrote: "RIP MC Sparks. Someone who played a major part in my teenage years. He has definitely got everyone up there saying 'Oi, oi, oi!'"

DJ Sollie, who also hosts a show on Flex FM said: "Cant read my timeline without dropping a tear. Just heard FLY-Bi for the first time since hearing the news.. This is all too much. #RIPMCSparks".

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