Haitian music star Michael ‘Mikaben’ Benjamin has died

This is a developing story. We will update it as confirmed information is revealed.

Haitian communities around the world are in shock following reports that Haitian musician Michael “Mikaben” Benjamin has died after collapsing on stage immediately following a performance with popular Haitian band, Carimi, during an anniversary meeting on October 15 in Paris.

Benjamin, who was affectionately nicknamed “Mika”, was 41 years old.

Benjamin’s musical career spanned more than 20 years, after he rose to fame in Haiti and abroad in the early 2000s with major hits like “Or Patiand popular collaborations with other stars of the Haitian Music Industry (HMI) like Carimi, Alan Cave and DJ Michael Brun.

The cause of death has not yet been verified, however, reports indicate that he died of cardiac arrest.

Benjamin is the son of Lionel Benjamin, affectionately known as the “Haitian Santa Claus” for his popular Christmas song, Abdenwèl. The eldest Benjamin told The Haitian Times last year that Michael loved music from an early age and enjoyed watching him rehearse.

On social media, Haitian celebrities and fans, shocked by videos of Benjamin’s last moments on stage, began sending their condolences and sharing the impact of the young man’s music on their lives and their representation of the Haitian culture.

I am Juhakenson Blaise, a journalist based in the city of Port-au-Prince, Haiti. I cover the news that develops in this city and deal with other topics related to the experience of Haitians for the Haitian Times newspaper. I am also a poetry lover.

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Garry Pierre-Pierre

Garry Pierre-Pierre is a Pulitzer Prize-winning multimedia and entrepreneurial journalist. In 1999, he left The New York Times to launch The Haitian Times, a New York-based English-language publication serving the Haitian diaspora. He is also a co-founder of the Center for Community and Ethnic Media at City University Graduate School of Journalism and a senior producer at CUNY TV.

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