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Jailed Rwandan Hip-hop Star Jay Polly Dies After Being Rushed to Hospital

Popular Rwandan rapper Jay Polly has died at the age of 33 in a hospital in Kigali, the country’s capital. The artist was in jail awaiting trial on drug charges

Jay Polly

Popular Rwandan rapper Jay Polly has died at the age of 33 in a hospital in Kigali, the country’s capital.

The artist was in jail awaiting trial on drug charges and was rushed to a hospital early on Thursday.

In a statement, the Rwanda Correctional Service, which is in charge of prisons, said the musician had consumed a mixture of methanol disinfectant, sugar and water before he was rushed to hospital.

Jay Polly was arrested at his home in April after holding a party in violation of coronavirus rules.

His brother, Maurice Uwera, said the Rwanda Correctional Service had informed him about the death without giving further details.

His girlfriend Kessy Kayonga, in Kenya’s capital Nairobi, said she had “a life project” with the star.

“I am in deep sorrow, I don’t believe it yet until I get to Rwanda and see it myself,” she told the BBC

“Everyone who met or lived with Jay Polly will remember him for his love, kindness and how he was always smiling,” she added.

Many fans of the Rwandan hip-hop star have taken to social media to mourn him.

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