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Mourners in the Ivorian capital Abidjan open coffin of African musician DJ Arafat, undress his corpse
Ange Didier Houon, aka DJ Arafat, died in an Aug. 12 motorcycle accident
His chopper reportedly collided with a car the day before he died
He was admitted to a hospital in the Ivorian capital Abidjan for a skull fracture before expiring 
Video from Saturday appears to show fans prying open DJ Arafat’s casket in Abidjan, undressing the deceased musician’s remains to check for distinctive tattoos

The 33-year-old deejay, born Ange Didier Houon, died in an Aug. 12 motorcycle accident. His chopper reportedly collided with a car the day before he died. He was admitted to a hospital in Abidjan for a skull fracture before expiring.

Alarming video from Saturday appears to show fans prying open DJ Arafat’s casket in Abidjan and undressing the deceased musician’s remains to check for distinctive tattoos.

 

Funeral for DJ Arafat 2After thousands gathered at a stadium funeral concert for DJ Arafat on Saturday, chaotic scenes broke out when some fans opened the fresh grave and coffin to take photos
Funeral for DJ Arafat 3Policemen stood guard at the entrance of the Williamsville cemetery in Abidjan  during the funeral on Saturday

The frightening scene came just hours after thousands of well-wishers gathered to pay tribute to the master of coupé-décalé, a popular form of dance music on the continent.

Friday night, a massive stadium concert was held in DJ Arafat’s honor before his Saturday funeral.

In an attempt to regain order, police lobbed tear gas in to disperse unruly mourners at a private family ceremony, reported BBC News.

“We wanted to see the body of our idol before the tomb was sealed,” one unidentified mourner told Agence France-Presse.

DJ Arafat was one of Africa’s most adored musicians and was dubbed the King of Coupé-Décalé. He symbolized the flashy, chic lifestyle associated with the genre, which consists of hip-hop, quick percussion and deep bass.

Before his death, the musician stood accused of domestic abuse.

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