Michael Benjamin, a Haitian singer who went by the name “Mikaben,” died over the weekend when he passed out on stage in Paris. He was 41 years old.
Mikaben and his band CaRiMi were playing when he walked to the back of the stage after their set. The Prime Minister of Haiti, Ariel Henry, confirmed Mikaben’s death on Twitter on Saturday.
Mikaben, a musician from Haiti, died after he passed out on stage in Paris. “I am heartbroken by the sudden death of the young and very talented artist Michael Benjamin ‘Mikaben,’ who was a great example of Haitian music,” he wrote.
Je suis bouleversé par la nouvelle de la mort subite du jeune et très talentueux artiste Michael Benjamin « Mikaben ». C'est une grande référence de la musique haïtienne qui vient de s'éteindre.
— Dr Ariel Henry (@DrArielHenry) October 15, 2022
The place where Mikaben was performing, Accor Arena, also confirmed the tragic news on Twitter on Sunday.
“Last night at the Carimi concert, one of the singers, Michael Benjamin, whose stage name was Mikaben, died after feeling sick on stage, even though the emergency services were there,” the story said in French.
Hier soir lors du concert de 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
The Miami Herald says that after Mikaben fell, singer Mickael Guirand asked everyone in the venue to leave. “The concert is over and we have to leave the room,” Guirand said.
“It’s very hard,” he added, according to the news source. “We need prayers [for Mikaben].”
The news source also said that people fainted at the concert.
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After Mikaben died, Wyclef Jean gave a statement to the outlet. The three-time Grammy winner said, “This is shocking.” Jean went on, “All I could think of was his smile.” “This young artist is one of the most influential and inspiring of our time.”
The CaRiMi singer Roberto Martino told the Herald, “I can’t believe it.” “I worked with this person for years and thought of him as a brother and a good friend. We talked almost every day and still do.“
Noooooo Mika Noooooooooooooo!!!!! 😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭
— Roberto Martino (@VICE2K) October 15, 2022
Martino told the outlet that he saw Mikaben before the show and that he seemed happy.
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