Fans of Coupé-Décalé music were mourning the death of African pop artist DJ Arafat, who was killed in a motorcycle crash Sunday night. The Ivory Coast native was killed in the country’s capital city of Abidjan after the motorcycle he was riding collided with a car.
The 33-year-old was taken to a hospital with critical injuries that he ultimately succumbed to.
Other circumstances surrounding the death were not immediately available, but video purportedly of DJ Arafat riding his motorcycle and doing tricks on it were circulating on social media Monday. The state broadcaster RTI confirmed DJ Arafat’s death in a tweet on Monday, saying in part that he was pronounced dead “today at 8am as a result of a road accident overnight.”
According to France 24, the Ivorian singer, born Ange Didier Huon, had “a huge following in francophone Africa” and “was avidly followed in French-speaking western and central African countries.”
The Africa Facts Zone Twitter account tweeted on Monday that Arafat “won the Best Francophone Award at the 2015 MAMAs, and was nominated for Best African Act at the 2015 MTV EMA.”
DJ Arafat released 11 albums that were “mainly of ‘coupé-décalé’ – a dance music form combining choppy rhythms with hip-hop-style vocals,” France 24 wrote.
Video footage purportedly showing his last moments were posted to social media. In several of the videos, a motorcycle rider identified as DJ Arafat was doing a wheelie alongside other motorcycle riders and drivers.
Closed-circuit video footage allegedly captured the moment of impact.
Please view the below graphic footage at your own discretion.
Another video purportedly of DJ Arafat appeared to show the musician lying on his back after the accident while receiving emergency attention.
One video that was tweeted claimed to show DJ Arafat in the hours before his fatal motorcycle ride and said in part that the artist “didn’t really know much about that particular Ride,” suggesting he may not have been familiar with the bike he crashed on.
One Twitter account tweeted that emergency responders were delayed and that police never even arrived to the scene of the accident.
One video that was tweeted claimed to show DJ Arafat’s wife reacting to the sad news of her husband’s death.
Twitter users mourned DJ Arafat’s death and posted videos of the artist so that those who were unfamiliar with his work could put a face to the name of the deceased.
Rest in Power to DJ Arafat.
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