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Reggae star Eyob Mekonnen dead at 37

Aug 19, 2013 | 2:15pm EDT

Reggae star Eyob Mekonnen has died after suffering a stroke last week (ends16Aug13). The Ethiopian singer, 37, passed away in a Kenya hospital on Sunday (18Aug13). A post on Mekonnen's fan page reads: "He has made such a mark on the Ethiopian music scene, bringing a unique and poetic voice with thoughtful lyrics and a beautiful reggae vibe." The singer founded reggae group Zion Band but found worldwide acclaim as a solo artist following the release of his debut album Kal in 2010. A funeral is being planned in Ethiopia for Wednesday (21Aug13).

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