Singer Yvan Buravan has passed on in India, where he was undergoing treatment since the beginning of the month. His management announced in the wee hours of Wednesday, August 17, that the singer succumbed to pancreatic cancer.
Buravan, real name Yvan Burabyo, was transferred to India on August 4 with the support of the Rwandan government, for advanced care after weeks of being unwell, amid speculation about his health.
“It is with unimaginable sadness that we announce to you the untimely passing of our beloved Yvan Buravan, which occurred tonight in India, where he was undergoing treatment for pancreatic cancer,”
“Yvan Buravan was a genuine soul that radiated happiness to everyone around him. He motivated all of us to love our Country and our Culture,” the statement released by his management reads.
The statement added that “his loss will be immensely felt by his family and friends and throughout our industry” and called for solidarity among family, friends and his fan during the period of unspeakable tragedy.
His passing has left the music industry devastated with fellow artistes sending out their condolences.
“Life will never be the same! I just lost a brother,” posted singer The Ben, adding an emoji of a broken heart.
On Saturday, August 6, during his mega concert at BK Arena, The Ben urged music lovers to pray for Buravan and went on to sing ‘Malaika’, one of Buravan’s breakout hits, as the capacity crowd sung along.
“Just your name, the flowers that blossom will always remind of your smiling sour. Farewell our brother. Till we meet again,” added DJ Pius while Charlotte Rulinda or Charly na Nina said that the news is hard to accept.
Tanzanian singer AY, who did a remix of ‘Just a dance’ with Buravan in 2017, joined in to mourn the singer, who he described a ‘big hommie’.
“Rest in Peace Big Hommie Yvan Buravan. I mourn you till I Join You. Rest in peace Lil Bro. Condolences to the family and the entire Rwandan music industry,” posted the veteran rapper, real Ambwene Allen Yessayah.