Popular Ivorian singer, DJ Arafat is dead

DJ Arafat during the Coupé Décalé Music Awards in Abidjan October 2017.                  AFP  Issouf Sanogo

DJ Arafat during the Coupé Décalé Music Awards in Abidjan October 2017. AFP Issouf Sanogo

Musician DJ Arafat has died aged 33, after the motorbike he was riding collided with a vehicle.

Arafat whose real name is Ange Didier Huon and was born in 1986, was said to have died in the hospital following injuries he sustained during the crash.

DJ Arafat was reportedly unconscious while being rushed to the hospital before he died on Monday.

Over 1,000 fans of his work swarmed the hospital after the news broke, chanting the words "Arafat can not die".

He was a popular recording artist in francophone countries, especially on the African continent, releasing a total of 11 albums during his career.

DJ Arafat's music was focused on a "coupe-decale" style, which is a form of dance music with hip-hop-inspired vocals.

DJ Arafat holds the award for best artist of the year during the Coupe-Decale Awards in Abidjan October 2, 2017. His biggest hit song had over five million views on YouTube.

Ivorian Culture Minister Maurice Kouakou Bandaman expressed his condolences following the death, adding that a tribute to the late singer would be organised. "Prayers up to his family at this sad time". According to Tellerreport, DJ Arafat and a group of friends rode their bikes in the city capital.

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