Karim Ouellet, a Quebec City musician, was found dead on 17th Jan at a music studio in Quebec City. He was 37.
Quebec City police discovered Ouellet’s body on Monday night in Quebec City’s Saint-Roch neighborhood at L’Unisson studio.
However, Quebec City police clarified that there is no chance of any foul play and their team is investigating to find out the cause of death.
David Pelletier, the spokesperson of Quebec City police said that investigators from the SPVQ’s major crimes unit and police records unit will help in carrying out its investigation.
Karim Ouellet, a Quebec-based musician and Juno award winner dies
Sarahmée, Ouellet’s sister, who also happens to be a fellow Quebec singer-songwriter posted on social media platform Facebook saying, “It’s with profound sadness that we, the family, announce the death of our dear Karim; a son, a brother, a friend and an exceptional musician. Karim left his mark on our hearts forever, and we will continue to celebrate his life, his talent, and his heritage.”
Sarahmée added, “We ask the media and journalists to respect the privacy of the family and of Karim at this difficult time. And thank you for this torrent of love for Karim, to those who have been touched by his words and his melodies, keep playing his music.”
Juno award winner and Félix award nominee, Ouellet was born in the year 1985 in Dakar, Senegal. He was adopted by Canadian diplomats and lived along with his family in France. When he was 15 years old, his family settled in Quebec City.
Ouellet became popular in 2007 as part of the Movèzerbe hip-hop collective. He also collaborated with other legendary artists like CEA, Webster & Limoilou Starz.
He released his debut album, Plume in the year 2011. His next album, “Fox” was released in 2012 for which he was nominated under three different categories (Best Male Singer, Best Single for “L’Amour” and Pop Album of the Year) at the Félix Awards in 2013.
He won the Juno award in 2014 and received many ADISQ Award nominations. His third album, Trente, was released in the year 2016.
After the news of his death broke, his fans and a number of influential personalities offered their tributes to Ouellet on social media.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted by writing, “Karim Ouellet was creative, avant-garde and infinitely talented. He left his mark on Quebec culture and leaves us a remarkable body of work. His music will inspire and carry us for years to come. My condolences to those who loved the man and his creations.”
Karim Ouellet était créatif, avant-gardiste et infiniment talentueux. Il a marqué la culture québécoise et nous laisse une œuvre remarquable. Sa musique nous inspirera et nous transportera pendant des années encore. Mes condoléances à ceux qui ont aimé l’homme et ses créations.
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) January 18, 2022
François Legault, Premier of Quebec offered condolences to the family by tweeting, “My condolences to the family and loved ones of Karim Ouellet, a young artist who brought a new style to Quebec music.”
Mes condoléances à la famille et aux proches de Karim Ouellet, un jeune artiste qui a amené un nouveau style à la musique québécoise.
— François Legault (@francoislegault) January 18, 2022
Jagmeet Singh, Federal NDP Leader also tweeted that he was saddened by the news of the singer’s death.