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Haiti - FLASH : Michaël Benjamin «Mikaben» dies on stage in front of 20,000 fans (Video)
16/10/2022 09:19:12

Haiti - FLASH : Michaël Benjamin «Mikaben» dies on stage in front of 20,000 fans (Video)
Saturday, October 15, the famous Haitian singer, composer, guitarist and producer Michael Benjamin (41) alias "Mikaben" invited by the Carimi group which was celebrating his reunion, when he had just performed his hit "Ou pati" suddenly collapsed on stage after having greeted a jubilant audience estimated at nearly 20,000 people leaving an audience in shock...

Very quickly, taken care of by the emergency services, victim of a heart attack, "Mikaben" unfortunately could not be resuscitated.

Discovered by the Haitian public in 1999, during the competition "Chante Nwèl" of Télémax, "Mikaben" had for twenty years a musical career crowned with success, whether in Haiti or abroad.

Video of his last song and his death on stage :



First reactions:

Acting Prime Minister Ariel Henry :
"I am devastated by the news of the sudden death of young and very talented artist Michael Benjamin 'Mikaben'. He is a great reference of Haitian music which has just passed away. The country and the Haitian youth have lost a beautiful soul. I extend my condolences to his family, friends and the music community as a whole."

Minister of Culture :
Emmelie Prophet Milcé, the Minister of Culture learned with dismay of the death of the famous singer and musician, Michaël Benjamin. His departure is a huge loss for the country and for Haitian music. Emmelie Prophet Milcé bows before the remains of this great artist and offers his sympathies to his family, his parents, the cultural sector saddened by this departure.

Minister of Tourism :
"Minister Luz Kurta Cassandra François sends her most sincere sympathies to the family, friends and grieving fans of the artist Mikaben, author-composer of the famous song 'Ayiti Se', a true hymn to Haitian tourism. Mikaben was a true ambassador for Haiti, with an extraordinary talent that transpired in every song and collaboration. He left surrounded by the energy and the light of his fans, faithful to the end to his art and his love for the alma mater. He will be missed by all of us !"

Haiti Ambassador to the USA Bocchit Edmond :
"What a sign of love and affection for his country despite everything. The warrior fell sporting his blue and red in the eyes of the world on his battlefield. You represented not only your generation but all of Haiti Mikaben RIP."

Former First Lady Martine Moïse :
"A young star has gone out before our amazed eyes, leaving us in sadness. You carried your Motherland in your heart. You sang Ayiti, you made it known everywhere until your last breath. Sympathies to your family, friends and fans. Good crossing dear Mika. »

Former Prime Minister, Jean-Henry Céant :
"I have just lost a loved one from my son's generation in Saint-Louis de Gonzague, Michael Benjamin (Mikaben), one of the most talented jewels of his generation of artists. I bow before this remains which touches me in my civic soul and in my paternal emotion. Sometimes life lunches with the satraps but delights us with the scent of better days."

Former Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe :
"Sadness. I had for MIKABEN esteem and friendship. He was a man of conviction, courageous, upright, devoted to the music of his country HAITI. Affectionate thoughts for his family whose pain I share."

Former Senator Youri Latortue :
"Mika, you sang Haiti with your heart-you loved your country-what you gave will remain of you, like a shining star that will never stop shining-I'm really sad to say goodbye to you. To your parents, wife & entire family: My deepest condolences."

Wyclef Jean :
The famous Haitian singer Wyclef Jean also paid tribute to his compatriot and colleague on Twitter "Rest in Peace King Mikaben, gone too soon".

Fabrice Mauriès Ambassador of France :
The Embassy of France in Haiti learned with sadness of the death on stage, in Paris, of the Haitian artist Michael Benjamin alias "Mikaben", during the reunion concert of Carimi in France this Saturday, October 15. "I am very saddened by the death of Mikaben during the Carimi concert in Paris. Haiti is losing one of its greatest musical talents. I extend my condolences to his family and friends. The French Embassy in Haiti is available to his family in Haiti in these painful times."

Haitian Football Federation :
"The FHF appalled by the sudden death of Michael Benjamin salutes the memory. Rest in Peace Miakeben."

Sunrise Airways :
"It is with great sadness that we learn of the death of “Mikaben” Michael Benjamin. World famous Haitian artist who knew how to convey through his music the love of his country. Sunrise Airways salutes his contribution to Haitian culture and sends its sincere condolences to his family and loved ones."

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