Haitian singer dies after performing on stage in France

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Haitian singer dies after performing on stage in France

International singer, composer, guitarist and producer Michael Benjamin, 41, collapsed and died on stage while performing in Paris.

Haiti Prime Minister Dr Ariel Henry led Haitians in mourning after the news of his death.

Henry said “I am devastated by the news of the sudden death of young and very talented artist Michael Benjamin ‘Mikaben’.”

“He is a great reference of Haitian music which has just passed away. The country and the Haitian youth have lost a beautiful soul. I extend my condolences to his family, friends and the music community as a whole.”

Media reports said that Benjamin, alias “Mikaben,” had been invited by the Carimi group, which was celebrating his reunion, when he suddenly collapsed on stage just after performing his hit “Ou pati”.

Emergency services were rushed to the venue but the singer could not be resuscitated.

Benjamin, was discovered by the Haitian public in 1999, during the competition “Chante Nwèl” of Télémax, “Mikaben” had for 20 years, a musical career crowned with success, whether in Haiti or abroad.

Meanwhile T&T stars today began sending their condolences after having worked with Benjamin and who enjoyed his music and art.