Haitian musician Mikaben is dead. The singer died unexpectedly on Saturday night during a concert in Paris in front of 10,000 people at the Accor Arena. According to media reports, the suspected cause of death is a heart attack, and the exact background is now being investigated. Mikaben was only 41 years old. As numerous videos on social media show, Michael Benjamin, Mikaben's real name, collapsed on stage and could not be revived by the rescue workers afterwards. This was confirmed by the concert organizer, among others.
The Fugees founding member Wyclef Jean (53), who was also born in Haiti, spoke in a first reaction to the death to the "Miami Herald" of a "shock". According to the Grammy winner, his colleague was one of the most influential young artists of this generation. Mikaben is the son of the well-known singer Lionel Benjamin and was born in 1981 in the Haitian capital Port-au-Prince.