Congolese music legend Aurlus Mabele has died in hospital in France’s capital Paris of the deadly coronavirus at aged 67.
The king of soukous a genre of African music,real names Aurélien Miatshonama Mabélé, coronavirus infection, coming as he was suffering the effects of a stroke years ago.
His daughter, Liza Monet who doubles as a French singer and his fellow member of the supergroup Loketo, Mav Cacharel took to her Twitter page to announce the tragic news.
“My dad died of coronavirus this morning (Thursday) … Thank you for honoring his memory. He is a great legend of the Soukouss that the Congolese people are losing today. I am inconsolable and collapsed. My dad whom I love so much … Aurlus Mabele,” her tweet reads in English.
The late singer moved to France in the 1980s. He became famous across East Africa in the 1980s, selling more than 10 million albums, according to the music website Music in Africa.
Jimmy Ouetenou, his manager, told BBC that it was not confirmed he died of COVID-19.
He said the singer had also suffered long-term health problems, adding that talks are underway with the Congolese government to have him buried in his home country.
In the meantime, his coffin will be placed in a burial vault until travel restrictions due to Coronavirus are lifted.