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World Music Star Papa Wemba Dies After Collapsing on Stage in Ivory Coast

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FILE: This file photo taken on February 15, 2006 shows Congolese singer Papa Wemba performing during a concert at the New Morning in Paris.PIERRE VERDY / AFP - Getty Images

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KINSHASA, Congo — Papa Wemba, known around the world as "the king of Congolese rumba," has died following a collapse on stage during a concert.

He was 66.

Congolese Culture Minister Baudouin Banza Mukalay confirmed the musician's death Sunday, calling it a "great loss for the country and all of Africa."

FILE: This file photo taken on February 15, 2006 shows Congolese singer Papa Wemba performing during a concert at the New Morning in Paris.PIERRE VERDY / AFP - Getty Images

Footage from the concert in Ivory Coast where Wemba was performing Saturday night shows his fellow performers rushing to his side as he collapsed.

The cause of death wasn't immediately known.

Fans around the world are mourning the loss of the popular musician, whose real name was Jules Shungu Wembadio Pene Kikumba.

Wemba was also a style icon, inspiring generations of young, fashionable Central Africans known popularly as sapeurs.

A still frame taken from Ivory Coast national television RTI 1 on April 24, 2016 shows Congolese music star Papa Wemba collapsing on stage during the FEMUA music festival in Abidjan.ISSOUF SANOGO / AFP - Getty Images

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