Ivorian singer, DJ Arafat reportedly died on Monday (12.08.2019).
The 33-year-old singer died after a road accident in Abidjan, the state broadcaster RTI said on Monday.
“Death of artist DJ Arafat… today at 8 am as a result of a road accident overnight,” the tweet read.
Based on pictures and posts circulating on social media, DJ Arafat, 33, had been driving a motorbike and smashed into a car. He suffered a fractured skull but was taken to an Abidjan hospital, where he later died, Jeune Afrique says.
DJ Arafat has 11 albums and several awards to his name.
He has been referred to as the “king” of coupé-décalé dance music and one of his biggest hit songs, Dosabado, has over five million views on YouTube.
The singer was also known for his love of motorcycles and featured them in his most recent hit, Moto Moto, that was released in May, which has more than four million YouTube views.
Fellow artists have also been sharing their condolences, including Nigerian star Davido and fellow Ivorian rapper Kaaris.
DJ Arafat, whose real name was Ange Didier Huon, was named best artist of the year at the Coupé-Decalé Awards in 2016 and 2017.
Coupé-decalé (meaning “cut and run”) was born in the early 2000s during Ivory Coast’s civil war and emphasised that young people still wanted to have fun despite the conflict, reports the BBC’s Hatouma Diarra from Abidjan.