Brampton Rapper Sidhu Moose Wala Shot Dead in India

He was 29 years old
Brampton Rapper Sidhu Moose Wala Shot Dead in India
The Canadian and international hip-hop community is mourning the death of Sidhu Moose Wala following news of the Punjabi rapper's death on Sunday (May 29). According to multiple reports, the Brampton-based musician was shot dead in India by unidentified assailants who fired off 30 rounds at his car while he was travelling through the Jawaharke village of Mansa, Punjab.

Born Shubhdeep Singh Sidhu, the 29-year-old had recently campaigned for a position in the Indian National Congress party, but lost to Aam Aadmi Party rival Vinjay Singla. In Canada, he was known for charting singles "So High," "Bambiha Bole," "B Town" and "47," and for Drake's coveted approval. The singer struggled with security concerns on both halves of his professional career, having been a target of criticism for his political views and incidents of violence at multiple performances, leading to cancelled shows in recent past.

The Rolling Stone reports that Punjab's chief of police VK Bhawra pinned the blame for Moose Wala's death on a rivalry between his manager and a Canadian organized crime group. The fatal attack, which reportedly took place just one day after Punjab police scaled back his security detail, is said to have involved at least three weapons. Of the 30 rounds fired, 14 made contact with Moose Wala's vehicle. He was struck by eight of those rounds.

"The murder of Shri Sidhu Moose Wala, Congress candidate from Punjab & a talented musician, has come as a terrible shock to the Congress party & the entire nation. Our deepest condolences to his family, fans & friends. We stand united & undeterred, at this time of extreme grief," the Indian National Congress tweeted following news of the musician's death.

This summer, Moose Wala was due to play across Canada and the US on his 2022 Back 2 Business tour. 

Watch the Toronto-shot video for "So High" below.