Hip-hop singer, Davido has joined others to mourn the death of Ivorian singer, DJ Arafat, who died in a motorbike accident on Monday morning.
According to posts on social media, Ange Dider Huon, known by his stage name DJ Arafat, had been involved in a head on collision with a car while driving his motorcycle.
The 33-year-old singer was rushed to the hospital unconscious and admitted into intensive care, but he did not survive.
“He was admitted to the emergency room in a vegetative state. He had a skull fracture and oedema,” a doctor from the institution told Jeune Afrique, on condition of anonymity. The medical teams tried to revive him, “in vain.”
Two Ivorian government ministers, who visited the artist’s bedside, confirmed the death to Jeune Afrique.
“I’m at the clinic where DJ Arafat was admitted. I can confirm that the artist has passed away. I am with Minister of State Hamed Bakayoko to organize with the family,” Maurice Bandaman, Ivorian Minister of Culture and Francophonie said.
Davido, while reacting to the death of Arafat on his tweeter handle said “Pls tell me it’s not true!!! Not my brother !!!! God why. RIP YOROBO I LOVE YOU! ❤️❤️”
Ivorian Culture Minister, Maurice Kouakou Bandaman, gave his condolences to DJ Arafat’s family and fans, adding that he planned to pay homage to his life and career.
DJ Arafat was a popular recording artist in francophone countries, especially on the African continent, releasing a total of 11 albums during his career.
He was also known for his distinctive “coupé-decalé” dance music that put hip-hop vocals with short, catchy rhythms, garnering “Artist of the Year” for the genre in 2016 and 2017.