There was commotion in Abidjan, capital city of Ivory Coast, after some overzealous fans of DJ Arafat, Ivorian disc jockey and singer, opened his tomb and took photos of his corpse.
The 33-year-old DJ, whose real name was Ange Didier Huon, died on August 12, after sustaining a fractured skull in a motorbike accident.
His funeral was held on Saturday morning after which the chaotic scenes ensued.
In some videos making the rounds on social media platforms, a crowd of youngsters can be seen running for cover amid gunshots being fired — presumably to disperse the crowd.
[VIDEO] Fans of Dj Arafat removed his casket from the tomb to confirm he is the one. pic.twitter.com/NvjYItzqI7
— WestAfrica 24 (@westafrica_24) August 31, 2019
In one of the videos, a young man is seen lifting the lid of the coffin containing the late singer’s corpse to reveal the embalmed body.
Moments later, a number of people can be seen ripping off the clothes of the lifeless body to check for tattoos and to verify the identity of the corpse.
Côte d'Ivoire🇨🇮 Affrontements entre " les chinois " et les forces de l'ordre à Abidjan suite à la profanation de la tombe et de dépouille de DJ ARAFAT. pic.twitter.com/ajhFRzwq1a
— Chronik-Congolaises (@DKMentaliste) August 31, 2019
Some fans also made videos and took photos of the late singer’s corpse.
Arafat is being hailed by fans and music lovers across Africa for the “coupé décalé” genre, which is described as a distinctly Ivorian style of dance music.
Thousands of fans also gathered in Abidjan to pay tribute to the late musician, giving him a spectacular all-night musical send-off overnight from Friday to Saturday.
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