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Papa Wemba Congolese music star dies on stage at 66

Papa Wemba won a world following with his soukous rock music and remained one of Africa's most popular musicians until his death.

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Influential Congolese music star, Papa Wemba, has been reported dead while performing on a stage in Abidjan in Ivory Coast.

According to a report by BBC, the 66-years old music star collapsed on stage while performing at a concert and was eventually pronounced dead.

Read: Papa Wemba dispels death rumour

It was also reported that Papa Wemba, who was born Jules Shungu Webadio, slumped on the floor as dancers continue to perform, unaware of what is happening.

His manager was also reported to have confirmed his death to a French broadcaster.

He became prominent on the African music scene since 1969, with his soukous rock music.

Papa Wemba won a world following with his soukous rock music and remained one of Africa's most popular musicians until his death.

He was rumoured dead in 2013 but dispelled the rumour with a Tweet saying Rest assured dear fans I am still here with you.

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