Papa Wemba Collapses And Dies On Stage (Photos)
African rumba singer – Papa Wemba collapsed on stage mid-way through a song and later died. the Congolese star Papa Wemba was performing in Abidjan in the Ivory Coast when he dramatically fell to the floor. Footage from the show revealed his backing singers rushing over to help the stricken star.
Local media later reported he had suffered a seizure and died aged 66. Real name Jules Shungu Wembadio Pene Kikumba, he was one of Africa’s most popular musicians.
Organisers from FEMUA later confirmed Papa Wemba had died during a press conference. His press spokesman Henry Christmas Mbuta Vokia, told local station Radio Okapi:
“Around 5:10, time of Abidjan, Papa Wemba was announced on stage.
“He sang the first and the second song. While singing the third song, he collapsed.
“I was following the concert live on television. I saw the dancers surround Papa Wemba. I thought it was a scene for the concert.
“But then I see people from the Ivorian Red Cross pop up on stage.
“Suddenly we cut the signal of the Ivorian television. I tried to talk to call the manager of Papa Wemba abroad, Cornelie.
“He told me that Papa Wemba fell during a concert.
“I remember ten minutes later, I was told that he is in intensive care. I call thirty minutes after, Cornelie told me that Papa Wemba passed away.”
More photos after the cut…May his soul Rest In Peace, AMEN!