Popular Ivorian singer, DJ Arafat was confirmed dead after he was involved in a road accident in Abidjan, the state broadcaster RTI said on Monday.
It tweeted, “Death of artist DJ Arafat… today at 8am as a result of a road accident overnight.”
According to messages and pictures circulating on social media, he had been driving a motorbike and smashed into a car. Critically injured, he was taken to an Abidjan hospital, where he later died.
He released 11 albums, mainly of “coupe-decale” — a dance music form combining choppy rhythms with hip-hop-style vocals.
Ivorian Culture Minister Maurice Kouakou Bandaman expressed his condolences and said a tribute would be organised to honour the musician.
He was aged 33.