Singer Mikaben dies at 41 after going into cardiac arrest onstage in Paris
Mikaben sings in Paris in August, 2014. (Mikaela Noyes/Invision/AP)
Singer Mikaben sang for 11 years before she was fatally injured during a recent concert tour in Paris.
She was in her 50s, and was scheduled to play in a series of concerts in North America. The singer died at a hospital following a heart attack in the middle of the concert, according to a statement released by her management.
Mikaben’s agency, Puma Sarandis, said in a statement Friday that the cause of the singer’s death was a massive heart attack.
“The singer died peacefully at the age of 41, surrounded by family and close friends,” the statement said.
The singer had performed as a child when her parents, a Lebanese-American couple, introduced her to music. Her father, who died in 2013 at age 70, was a musician in his youth and also sang with his wife.
“My father was very much a musical person,” Mikaben said in 2006. “He was the one who took me to my first concert. I fell in love with music when I was four years old and he took me to see the symphony orchestra when I was 5.
“He would have never forced me to love the violin when I was so young and he felt the same way about singing. He had an immense amount of love for music and music. He was an amazing singer, an amazing person.”
She recorded her first album in 1990 and was making her international debut with her cover of the song “The End of the World” at age 33.
“I’ve been playing music since I was four years old,” Mikaben said. “My family was very musical, very traditional. They sang together and sang in church. I listened to everything