Brazilian rapper MC Daleste shot, killed onstage

MC Daleste,
(MC Daleste / Facebook)

This post has been updated. See below for details.

A young Brazilian rapper who went by the name of MC Daleste was shot and killed while performing on Saturday night in the township of Campinas, outside of Sao Paulo, Brazil.

The 20-year-old, whose birth name was Daniel Pellegrine, was rapping to a crowd at a public housing complex when he was attacked, according to Billboard, which cited local news sources. After the incident, he was rushed to an area hospital, where he died, the publication said.

No information has been released on arrests or potential suspects in the case.


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Video of the shooting shows the musician breezing through a mid-tempo hip-hop track before the crowd when he suddenly collapses and falls to the ground.

Those curious to see the video, which has nearly 4 million YouTube views, should be warned that the clip is graphic.

The artist had a sizable following in Brazil -- his Facebook page has over 130,000 likes, and he has 87,000 Twitter followers -- though he was relatively unknown in the United States. To hear a sample of his style, rich with percussion and a smooth, relaxed flow, click here.

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The Facebook and Twitter feeds were teeming with condolences from fans on Monday.

On Sunday, the Twitter feed had a message expressing sorrow and appreciation, and indicated that an announcement of funeral arrangements would be forthcoming.

For the record, 12:24 a.m. July 8: The original version of this post did not provide the location of the shooting. It occurred in the township of Campinas, outside of Sao Paulo. We have updated the post above.


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