Haitian musician Michael Benjamin, better known as Mikaben, died on October 15 after fainting on stage during a performance in Paris, France. He was 41 years old at the time.
The official cause of death has not been revealed, although many sources claim that the singer died of a heart attack while performing. Mikaben was well-known for his work with musicians such as Carimi and T-Vice. Read on to learn more about the singer’s life and career.
Mikaben died on stage in Paris after collapsing
The singer was singing as a guest artist for the Haitian band Carimi at the Accor Arena in front of 20,000 people in Paris. Mikaben collapsed as he exited the stage shortly after the performance. He was given CPR but was unable to be revived.
The event was then called off by Carimi singer Mickael Guirand. “The concert is over. We must leave the room. It’s quite complicated. “We need to pray for Mikaben,” he explained. Later, Carel Pedre, a social media influencer, and Frantz Duval, the editor of Haiti’s Le Nouvelliste newspaper, verified the singer’s death on Twitter.
Mikaben is survived by his pregnant wife, Vanessa, who is expecting a child in December, his one-year-old daughter, and his father, Lionel ‘Père Nol’ Benjamin, a singer well known for his Christmas song Abdenwèl.
Vanessa has now sent a statement on social media thanking fans for their prayers and requesting privacy. “I’m not in the mood to discuss.” “I’ve lost my other half and am at a loss for words,” she wrote.
Tributes are pouring in for the late singer
As soon as Mikaben’s death was announced, Twitter was inundated with condolence comments and condolences to the singer. “‘Ou Pati’ was the last song you performed on one of the world’s greatest platforms for one of Haitian music’s most memorable occasions.” “You left everything on that platform with a smile on your face,” a fan tweeted.
Just after offering us this magical moment ✨✨
R.I.P BOSS 🙏🏾🕊️
— Duv J (@DuvJ38384455) October 16, 2022
Singer Roberto Martino voiced his sorrow, saying, “I’m in amazement.”
This is someone I’ve known for years and considered a brother and a good friend. We talked nearly every day. We’re having a conversation.”
“He was overjoyed. He couldn’t wait to share the stage with CaRiMi. It was one of his most significant achievements in life. It was a band he admired. I can’t think of anything to say. “I’m shattered,” he added. “Life boy!” wrote another enthusiast. Michael Benjamin aka @mikaben rips a great artist. “Our condolences go out to his family, and our prayers are with Carimi Band.”
Mikaben began writing songs when he was 15 years old
Michael Benjamin was born in 1981 and began writing music when he was 15 years old. Throughout his college years in Montreal, Canada, he worked on his music. Mikaben was regarded as one of Haiti’s finest artists, capable of singing in four languages: French, Spanish, English, and Creole.
He began his career in 2004 when he founded Krezi Mizik with his cousin David Dupoux, producing two music albums. He later collaborated with Carimi and T-Vice. Following the devastating earthquake in Haiti in 2010, Mokaben and other musicians visited many hospitals, orphanages, and refugee camps to play for the victims.
Mikaben’s family and friends have our heartfelt sympathy. May his spirit find peace!
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