DJ Arafat

Star DJ Arafat Dies:

He was a megastar in his home country of Ivory Coast and in France, but he died at the age of 33:
DJ Arafat was killed in a motorcycle accident in Abidjan.

He has been the Artist of the Year twice in a row in his native Ivory Coast and was one of the country's first musicians to reach over one million Youtube clicks in one day and was one of the most successful African artists in francophone countries around the world: the music scene mourns to star DJ Arafat.

The 33-year-old, whose real name is Ange Didier Houon, was driving in his hometown of Abidjan last Sunday when he collided with a car, reports state broadcaster RTI. 

He was hospitalized with a fractured skull, but on Monday he succumbed to his injuries. He leaves a wife and four children.

DJ Arafat was one of the pioneers of the Coupé Décalé genre, mixing elements of hip-hop and dance, for example. Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara praised him as a "symbol of youth and ambassador of Ivorian music and culture." 

Hundreds of fans gathered in front of the hospital on Monday, collapsing at the news of their celebrity's death. 

Shots show how young men, crying and crying, fall into each other's arms. Policemen hold back the crowd.


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