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Papa Wemba, the Music Star Dies after Collapsing on Stage

Papa Wemba, the influential Congolese music celebrity died after collapsing on the stage in Abidjan in Ivory Coast, reported the media.

The video from concert revealed the 66-year-old artist, slumped on floor as the dancers continued to perform, unaware of what was happening.

France 24, the French broadcaster confirmed the death.

Since 1969, the African music scene, Papa Wemba had won the world following with his soukous rock music.

Papa Wemba, the Music Star Dies after Collapsing on Stage
Seen here performing in Paris in 2006, Papa Wemba was a star for more than four decades

Congolese band leader, with the real name Jules Shungu Webadio, had also stirred a cult drive called Sapeurs whose members spend a huge amounts of cash on the designer clothes.

In 2004, he was find guilty of the people-smuggling in France and spent 3 months in prison.

A court in Belgian convicted him very same crime 7 years later, fining him with 22,000 euros (£17,143; and suspending the prison sentence of 15 months.

The artist collapsed during the performance at 05:30 GMT on Sunday, reported the local media.

He was dead before he could be transported to a hospital, said a spokesperson for Ivosep morgue in Abidjan.

Papa Wemba remained one of the Africa’s most famous musicians. Together with his bands Isifi, Viva La Musica and Zaiko Langa Langa, her racked up hit after hit including Le Voyageur & L’Esclave . He also worked with the international stars such as Peter Gabriel.

He appeared in 2 feature films, Wild Games & Life Is Beautiful

In addition to prison time he had spent in Europe, he was also once jailed in Zaire, for apparently having an affair with a general’s daughter.

His conviction in France linked to a racket whereby illegal immigrants were taken to Europe while posing as the members of his band.

Youssoupha, the Kinshasa rapper mourned band leader in a tweet saying, “Like my community, I’m devastated by the death of Papa Wemba.”

“He’s the icon of our culture, of our lifestyle. This’s a huge loss,” he added.