Mexican Singer Sergio Vega (El Shaka) started today explaining to fans that he wasn’t dead. Indyposted reports that only a few hours later, he was.
In statement made earlier, El Shaka spoke about his rumored death, “It’s happened to me for years now, someone tells a radio station or a newspaper I’ve been killed or suffered and accident. And then I have to call my dear Mom, who has heart trouble, to reassure her.”
Unfortunately the singer was truly killed hours later, shot by a drug gang as he was making his way to a concert.
Musicians have been targets of Mexican drug gangs in the past, CNN reports. El Shaka was a Grupero singer, and indyposted writes that “Gruperos sing ballads that are based on, and glam up, the international drug trade that keeps the money flowing into Mexico.
In a recent interview, Vega acknowledged the danger of his profession, stating, “I navigate through heavy themes [in my songs]. It can be a bit frightening but you have to put your faith in God.”
Since President Felipe Calderon took office in December 2006 declaring war on the nation’s drug cartels, violence in Mexico has skyrocketed. The Mexican government states that more than 22,000 people have died because of drug violence during that time period.