Canadian rapper-singer Drake condoles Sidhu Moosewala's death
Canadian rapper-singer Drake has paid a tribute to popular Punjabi singer Sidhu Moosewala, who was shot dead on Sunday by unidentified assailants in Punjab's Mansa district.
The 27-year-old singer, also a Congress leader, was killed a day after the state government curtailed his security cover.
Drake took to his Instagram Stories on Sunday night to remember Moosewala.
"RIP MOOSE @sidhu_moosewala," he captioned a picture of the "So High" hitmaker with his mother.
In 2020, Drake made headlines when he started following Moosewala on Instagram.
Moosewala, who counted Drake as one of his music influences and followed him on social media, was a regular performer at live shows in Canada.
Indian stars such as Ranveer Singh, Vicky Kaushal, Diljit Dosanjh, and composer Salim Merchant also paid homage to Moosewala.
Singh and Kaushal took to their Instagram accounts and quoted the refrain from the late singer's song "Dil Da Ni Mada".
Singh, who performed at the Indian Premier League closing ceremony on Sunday in Ahmedabad, also shared Moosewala's picture on his Instagram Stories and captioned it: "IMMORTAL".
Calling Moosewala a talented artiste, Dosanjh said he was heartbroken by the singer's death.
"Heartbreaking news.. He was a talented boy. I never met him but his hard work spoke a lot. No doubt. It's very hard for parents... A bad day for the music industry," the actor-singer wrote in Romanised Punjabi.
Merchant, whose song with Moosewala is up for a release, said he was "shocked" by the singer's untimely death.
"I'm shocked & saddened by the news.. Sidhu was a gem .. our song was going to release very soon .. this is unbelievable," the musician wrote on Twitter.
Earlier, actors Ajay Devgn, Richa Chadha, Kapil Sharma, Swara Bhasker, music composer Vishal Dadlani, and popular TV host Rannvijay Singha among others also tweeted their condolences for Moosewala.
On Sunday, Deputy Superintendent of Police (Mansa) Gobinder Singh told PTI that Moosewala was attacked when he was in his jeep at village Jawahar Ke and several bullets hit him.
Shubhdeep Singh Sidhu, known as Sidhu Moosewala, was among 424 people whose security was withdrawn by the Punjab Police on Saturday.
Moosewala had fought the recent Assembly election on a Congress ticket from Mansa and was defeated by the AAP's Vijay Singla.
According to police sources, Canada-based Goldy Brar has claimed responsibility for the murder of Moosewala.