Mikaben, a Haitian singer and musician, died on Saturday after collapsing during a performance in France.
The 41-year-old artist, whose real name is Michael Benjamin, was performing with Haitian band Carimi at the 20,000-seat Accor Arena in Paris when he had a “medical incident,” CNN reported.
Mikaben walked to the back of the stage when he passed out. The venue said in a tweet on Sunday that he died soon after.
“Last night during the Carimi concert, one of the singers, Michael Benjamin, Mikaben of his stage name, died after feeling unwell on stage and despite the intervention of the emergency services,” Accor Arena said, according to the Twitter translation.
Here are the concerts by Carimi, l’un des chanteurs, Michael Benjamin, Mikaben de son nom d’artiste est décédé suite à un malaise survenu sur scène et malgré l’intervention des secours. pic.twitter.com/zHFRuwyiQg
– Accor Arena (@Accor_Arena) October 16, 2022
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No cause of death was announced, but some news reports said cardiac arrest was suspected.
Viewers shared videos of Mikaben’s collapse on Twitter.
Michaël BENJAMIN is a death in an unwell Après sa prestation, ce samedi, avec le groupe #CARIMI at the Accor Arena. Le monde musical haïtien est en deuil. Plusieurs personnalités ont déjà salué le départ de ce grand de la musique haïtienne dont l’ex-PM #ClaudeJoseph.
— Clin D’oeil (@clindoeilinfo1) October 15, 2022
A Facebook user shared a video of the performance, noting that “you can tell he’s not feeling well.”
Mikaben was born in Port-au-Prince to Haitian singer Lionel Benjamin, Entertainment Tonight reported.
He leaves behind his wife Vanessa and their two children, with another on the way.
After Mikaben’s death, his wife took to Instagram to thank people for their condolences but asked for privacy.
“Thanks for the prayers, but please stop calling me. I am unable to speak. I’ve lost my other half and I’m at a loss for words,” Vanessa Benjamin wrote.
In another post, she said: “Oh mon Dieu Heavenly Father, I know you make no mistakes and you will not give us what we cannot [bear] but… this pain is very strong. Please help me, O merciful Lord.”
Other people are mourning the loss of Mikaben and sharing their thoughts on social media.
Ariel Henry, the Prime Minister of Haiti, mourned the musician’s death in two posts on Twitter, saying he was “devastated by the news”.
Le pays et la jeunesse haïtienne ont perdu une belle âme. Je presente mes conléances à sa famille, ses amis et à la communauté musicale dans son ensemble.#Haiti
– dr Ariel Henry (@DrArielHenry) October 15, 2022
Wyclef Jean, a famous Haiti-born rapper, also paid tribute to Mikaben on Twitter.
— Wyclef Jean (@wyclef) October 15, 2022
Entertainment Tonight reported that Mikaben was hailed as a “generational talent.”
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