Category Archives: Death

Algerian rock singer Rachid Taha dies


Algerian singer Rachid Taha has died of a heart attack at the age of 59 at his home in Paris, French media reports.

His music was a unique mix of Algerian Maghreb “rai” rhythms and electronic rock – and he made it big in the 1980s in France.

He was born in the Algerian city of Oran and moved to France aged 10.

He saw himself as a “permanent immigrant” in France, a BBC Radio 3 article about the singer says.

He was the lead singer of Carte de Séjour, a French rock band popular in the 1980s.

“For me, music is rock & roll, coloured by what is inside me and what is outside me. My music enables me to express my multiple identities,” Taha said in 2004.

According to his official Facebook page, he was due to give a performance in Lyon later this month with one of long-time collaborators Steve Hillage.

Eclectic in his tastes, he pushed boundaries with his own music as well as doing covers such as an Arabic version of The Clash’s Rock the Casbah.

Taha’s fans have been paying tribute to him on Twitter, including Moroccan musician Reda Allali who remembered him as flamboyant and genuine:

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Ghanaians file past Kofi Annan’s body


Ghanaians have been filing past Kofi Annan’s remains to pay their last respects, as his body lies in state at the International Conference Centre in the capital, Accra.

The Ghanaian diplomat, who became UN Secretary General, died on 18 August in Switzerland where he lived. His body was flown to Ghana on Monday evening ahead of Thursday’s official funeral.

The viewing started at 10:00 GMT and will end at 16:00 GMT. It will open again on Wednesday.

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“Death Toil”, ‘Fifty-seven murdered in South Africa everyday’ Police Minister Bheki Cele raise alarm


South Africa recorded 20,336 murders in the last year, an increase of 1,320 murders compared to the same period the year before, Police Minister Bheki Cele has said.

“This means 57 murders a day. It borders on a war zone,” the visibly angry minister said.

Police records show that murder rates have increased in the past six consecutive years.

Francois Beukman, who heads the police oversight committee in parliament, described the numbers as “alarming and totally unacceptable”.

Admitting that the police haven’t done as well as they should have, Mr Cele said the security officers had “dropped the ball.”

“South Africans must not take it as a norm that they can be hijacked, robbed and killed every day. We have to pick up the ball and change the situation for the better.”

He promised to work hard to change the situation: “Our bottom line is that this situation must reverse,” he said.

The motives and circumstances behind killings range from gangsterism to vigilantism.

Somali capital hit by deadly twin blast


Militants have launched their first major attack in the Somali capital Mogadishu since the start of Ramadan almost two months ago.

Journalists say al-Shabab fighters stormed the ministry of the interior and national security after detonating two car bombs.

The BBC’s Somali service says there have been 10 deaths and at least 20 civilians are reported injured.

Security had been tightened in the city over Ramadan to prevent attacks.

Source: BBC Somali

Son of Jacob Zuma dies


One of former South African President Jacob Zuma’s sons has died.

Vusi Nhlakanipho Zuma, who was born in 1993, was the youngest son of Mr Zuma and his late wife Kate Mantsho.

He died on Sunday night after a short illness, reports say.

A source close to the former president told the BBC that Mr Zuma was “very distraught over the passing of his son”.

Vukile Mathabela, the media liaison for the 76-year-old former head of state at the presidency, confirmed the news of the death to local media outlet News24. He also said that details would be released later today, once a family spokesperson is appointed.

US civil rights activist Jesse Jackson posted his condolences on Twitter, saying that he is “sending prayers” to the Zuma family.

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 ‘Dead’ woman found alive in South Africa morgue fridge


A South African woman is recovering in hospital after being discovered alive in a mortuary fridge.

The woman was taken to Carletonville morgue, in Gauteng province, having been declared dead by paramedics following a road accident.

Ambulance companyDistress Alert said she had shown “no form of life”,South Africa’s TimesLive website reports.

But when a morgue worker returned to check on the body in the fridge, he found the woman was breathing.

An official has confirmed to the BBC the woman is now being treated in hospital after being referred by forensics officers. She has not been named.

An investigation into the incident is being carried out, but Distress Alert operations manager Gerrit Bradnick said there was “no proof of any negligence” on his company’s behalf.

Mr Bradnick told TimesSelect she was one of several people involved in a car accident which left two others dead on Sunday, 24 June.

Source: TimesLive

Call to end Nigeria’s ‘culture of killing’


A group of Nigerian students at Cambridge University in the UK have held a protest against the recent killings in the central Plateu state.

Authorities say 200 people were killed in three-days of conflict which started last week Thursday.

The students urged President Muhammadu Buhari to “end these killings”, saying that he has a duty to protect the lives of all Nigerians.

“These deaths from herdsmen attacks have become one too many; it has become regularised, it has become a culture, and we say no to that,” a statement from the Cambridge University Nigeria Student Society said.

Reports say fighting began when ethnic Berom farmers attacked Fulani herders, killing five of them.

A retaliatory attack on Saturday led to more deaths in a conflict that also divide people along political and religious lines.

Source: Morning Call