Punjabi-language rapper and music producer Sidhu Moose Wala has been shot dead in India, officials say. He was 28 years old.
Moose Wala was born in Moosa, a village in the Mansa district of Punjab, India in 1993. He moved to Brampton, Ontario after earning a degree in electrical engineering in 2016.
He was famous worldwide, especially in the Punjabi diaspora, for his busy rap performances and slick music videos.
Police said Moose Wala left his home around 4:30 p.m. local time on Sunday, driving a jeep with two other people.
At around 5.30pm, police said occupants of three vehicles – one behind Moose Wala’s vehicle and two beside it – fired into the vehicle while in Jawaharke village, Mansa district .
I am shocked and deeply saddened by the horrific murder of Siddhu Moosewala. No one involved will be spared. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and his fans around the world. I call on everyone to stay calm.
Moose Wala was injured and pronounced dead after being taken to hospital, police said, adding it was likely the killing was the result of “gang rivalry”. Police say an associate of Lawrence Bishnoi, a Canadian resident, claimed responsibility.
The rapper, who also had an acting career, had joined the Indian National Congress party last year.
He had contested the Punjab state elections in 2021, losing to Dr. Vijay Singla of Aam Aadmi party, which is the ruling party in Punjab state and Delhi.
Chief Minister of Punjab State, Bhagwant Mann tweeted his condolences in Moose Wala, with a statement from the Congress party saying his death “came as a terrible shock to the Congress party and the entire nation”.
The murder of Shri Sidhu Moose Wala, Punjab Congress candidate & a talented musician came as a terrible shock to the Congress party & the whole nation.
Our deepest condolences to his family, fans & friends.
We are united & undeterred in this time of extreme grief. pic.twitter.com/v6BcLCJk4r