Congolese music star Aurlus Mabele has died in hospital in France’s capital Paris, aged 67.
Posts on social media from mates and kin say he died of coronavirus however this isn’t confirmed.
His followers known as him the king of soukous – a high-tempo Congolese dance music common throughout Africa.
His daughter, French singer Liza Monet, tweeted on Thursday that her father had died of coronavirus. “I am inconsolable” she wrote.
Fellow member of the supergroup Loketo, Mav Cacharel, additionally said on Facebook that he had died of coronavirus.
His supervisor, Jimmy Ouetenou, nevertheless, advised BBC Afrique that it was not confirmed he died of coronavirus and that he had long-term well being issues.
He was admitted to hospital on Thursday and died on the identical day.
Mabele, whose actual identify is Aurelien Miatsonama, was from Congo-Brazzaville and moved to France within the 1980s.
He turned well-known throughout East Africa within the 1980s, promoting greater than 10 million albums, according to the music website Music in Africa.
His hits embrace the observe Embargo.
Mr Ouetenou stated talks had been already underway with the Congolese authorities for him to be buried in his residence nation.
In the meantime, his coffin might be positioned in a burial vault till journey restrictions as a result of coronavirus are lifted, stories BBC Afrique’s Rose-Marie Bouboutou.