Quebec Singer-Songwriter Karim Ouellet Died of Diabetes Complications

Quebec Singer-Songwriter Karim Ouellet Died of Diabetes Complications
Photo: Karim Ouellet (Facebook)
A coroner's report has found that Senegal-born, Quebec City-based singer-songwriter Karim Ouellet died of complications from diabetes, months before his body was found in a recording studio.

In the report, made public today [via CBC], coroner Sophie Régnière concluded that an autopsy found traces of methamphetamine in the artist's blood and high ketone levels, pointing to diabetic ketoacidosis.

The report outlines that authorities believe Ouellet died November 15, 2021, two months before his body was discovered on January 17 of this year at the Place Unisson studio complex in Quebec City. The report noted that the artist had Type 1 diabetes, and was insulin dependent.

Born in Dekar, Senegal, Ouellet was adopted by Canadian diplomats and lived in France, Rwanda and Tunisia before returning to Quebec City with his family when he was 15 years old.

Ouellet released debut solo album Plume in 2011, and followed it up with Fox in 2012. The album captured him three 2013 Félix Award nominations, including Best Male Singer, Best Single for "L'Amour" and Pop Album of the Year. 

Fox would go on to win Francophone Album of the Year honours at the 2014 Juno Awards. The artist would deliver third album Trente and free mini-album Aikido in 2016.