Singer Mikaben dies at 41 after going into cardiac arrest onstage in Paris
Singer Mikaben, who has become one of the world’s most successful opera artists, has died, according to her manager. The performer, who performed to sold-out houses all over Europe when she was 13, was 41.
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“When the heart stops, the world stops. When the heart stops, Mikaela dies,” her manager, Patrick N’Doye, told AFP, adding that she collapsed during a performance late Thursday night at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées.
The cause of her death was heart disease and she had undergone a battery of tests from a specialist on the recommendation of her manager.
Her manager said they are “very sorry to announce that she has passed away, after suffering a massive heart attack and cardiac arrest during a concert at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées.
“Mikaela and her manager are enormously grateful to the medical team who attended to her and made the decision to release her from the hospital,” N’Doye said.
Singer Mikaben on stage. Image: AFP/Getty Images
It was the singer’s second major medical emergency, the first being a heart attack in 2007, which occurred while she was in the middle of a performance in Vienna when she suffered a major cardiac event.
Mikaben, who has a six-octave voice that is “one of the most beautiful voices in the world,” was considered one of the best operatic singers in Europe.
“She was an extraordinary artist,” French opera director Jean Daniel-Vergès, who saw her perform at the Paris Opera in 2011, said in an interview with AFP.
“She was an extraordinary artist, a genius of the