Fans Mourn Haitian Rapper Jimmy O Killed in Quake
January 16, 2010
(ChattahBox)—In an impoverished country like Haiti there is little to celebrate, even in the best of times. But the many musical artists emerging from the slums of Port-au-Prince, such as Wyclef Jean, have been a source of national pride for the people of Haiti. On Friday, the hungry and thirsty people on the streets of Port-au-Prince, already devastated from a powerful earthquake that blasted their country to rubble, killing hundreds of thousands, discovered the body of Haitian rapper Jean “Jimmy O” Jimmy Alexandre. The people wept for the loss of Jimmy O, for themselves and their nation.
Soon after the powerful earthquake struck Haiti on Tuesday, Hip-Hop artist Wyclef Jean issued a public plea to any one in Haiti with information about the fate of his friend and collaborator, rapper Jimmy O. “I urge everyone who’s listening right now that knows how great this kid is in Haiti — I need y’all to verify this information,” he said during a CNN interview. “It would be a terrible loss for us,” said Wyclef.
On Friday, his worst fears were realized when O’s crushed body was discovered in a car in Port-au-Prince. Jimmy O, 35, was in Haiti to begin work on a mixtape. CNN was on the scene when his mother, wife and children discovered Jimmy O’s body. His passport was found in the pocket of his pants, confirming his identity.
O’s grief-stricken mother, wife and two of his three children were present when his body was found crushed inside a car. And the growing crowd swarmed to the scene to join the weeping family in grief.
Jimmy O’s agent Agent Robert Dominique was also there and confirmed his client’s identity to CNN reporters. “His loss will be tremendous in Haiti,” Dominique said. He said that in addition to helping run Wyclef’s Yele Haiti charity, O also developed new artists in Haiti, to give others the same opportunity for success.
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