Kittitian singer Masud Sadiki, christened Kevin Donovan, died from an apparent suicide on Monday (May 21) at the age of 37. He was found hanging from a tree in the Old Road area.
According to local publication, the St. Kitts Nevis Observer:
It was rumored that Masud suffered from an extended bout of depression, a side of him most never saw, as the Old Road/Verchilds native was described as an extremely positive and vibrant young man with a zest for life.
Masud leaves behind his wife Charmaine and two young children ages 5 and 3, along with his parents, siblings and many relatives, friends and his fans around the world.
Police have yet to reveal the circumstances surrounding the discovery of Masud’s body, but The Observer understands that a brother made the positive identification.
The young star was just two weeks ago announced as one of the Soca acts for the 16th Annual St. Kitts Music Festival. Masud Sadiki, known for his Reggae/World music, was slated to perform as Stitch in Time. Masud placed an impressive 1st in this past Power Soca Competition with “Party Hearty” and second in the Groovy Monarch category with “You make your clothes look good”.
Masud was named The St. Kitts-Nevis Observer’s Person of the Year for 2011.
He was described as one of the region’s most versatile and talented entertainers. In April 2010, Masud was one of a handful of regional artistes selected to represent the United Nation’s “Unite to end violence against women” campaign, touring places like Palestine, United Kingdom and South America.
When asked what he wanted his legacy to be, he told this media house, “I want to be remembered as a connector of people; that is why I always push positive messages in my music. I want my music to inspire people, make them feel good. Once I’ve accomplished that I’ll be in my grave smiling.”
Via [St. Kitts Nevis Observer]