June 16, 2024

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Colombian Hitmaker Found Shot to Death

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The music scene in Colombia is mourning the death of Dr. Velásquez (real name: Daniel Alejandro Velásquez Franco), a prolific hitmaker, artist manager and businessman who died on June 8. 

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Police found Velásquez and his girlfriend, Sofia Valdez, shot to death in the artist’s home located in Envigado (located southeast of Medellín, Colombia). The devastating news was confirmed by Velásquez’s record label, JMW Music, in an official statement posted on social media.

“With deep pain, we inform you of the death of Dr. Velásquez, renowned singer, composer, manager, businessman, and paisa dreamer,” reads the message in Spanish. “Dr. Velásquez was a pioneer in the Medellín music scene, being the founder of the largest and first reggaeton hubs in our city. His legacy and passion for music left an indelible mark on the industry and in the hearts of those who knew him. In this moment of pain, we ask for prudence and respect for his family, friends, and colleagues. We appreciate your understanding and support in these difficult times. We join in prayer for his eternal rest and solidarity with all those who feel his departure.”

In a separate statement, the label clarified that “although the facts are being investigated, the judicial authorities have ruled out suicide among the hypotheses. Thanks to the quick and efficient action of the authorities, the main suspect in the double homicide is already in custody.”

Velásquez — who had a solo singing career from 2014 to 2018 — has propelled the music careers of many Colombian urban stars including Reykon, Maluma and J Balvin. In 2019, he discovered breakthrough artist Blessd and signed him to JMW Music. The two attended the 2022 Billboard Latin Music Week together, were Blessd formed part of the “Making the Hit Live!” panel alongside Ovy on the Drums.

“A lot of growth and living experiences, independently of breaking our professional ties,” the Colombian artist said of his former manager on his Instagram Stories. “This has impacted me. Peace on your grave.” 

Artists such as J Balvin, Maluma and emerging act El Clooy, who was recently managed by Dr. Velásquez, also reacted to his death on social media. 



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