Rwandan rapper, Jay Polly, has died in a hospital in Kigali, the country’s capital.
The 33-year-old artiste 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.
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 his death without giving further details.
Kessy Kayonga, girlfriend of the laterapper, 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.