INDIAN rapper Sidhu Moose Wala was shot dead in a hailstorm of 24 bullets just months before he was due to get married.
The 28-year-old man was driving a jeep in the city of Mansa, India when he was ambushed by gunmen.
Moose Wala, whose real name is Shubhdeep Singh Sidhu, was taken to hospital but was pronounced dead tragically.
Two other people who were also in the vehicle were injured in the shooting.
Just a few weeks ago, Moose Wala’s mother, Charan Kaur, revealed her son will marry the love of his life Amandeep Kaur in November.
“Just a little while longer he won’t be a bachelor anymore,” she told reporters at the time, Mail Online reported.
“We are preparing for his wedding, which will take place this year after the election.”
According to health officials, Moose Wala has been hit by bullets 24 times, BBC Punjabi reports.
Six people are believed to have been detained in connection with the murder.
Thousands of people poured into the village of Jawaharke on Tuesday to pay their respects as Moose Wala’s body was cremated.
Punjab Minister Bhagwant Mann tweeted: “I am shocked and deeply saddened by the terrible death of Siddhu Moose Wala. No one involved will be spared.
“My thoughts and prayers are with his family and fans around the world. I urge everyone to remain calm.”
Sidhu was at the helm of the vehicle when gunmen fired a volley of bullets at the star and his two friends, the Tribune reported.
CCTV showed moments in the rapper’s car before being attacked by gunmen.
Footage shows pedestrians fleeing the scene as Sidhu is violently attacked.
Sidhu joined Parliament last December.
But then he was defeated by AAP candidate Vijay Singla by a huge margin.
Sidhu was killed a day after his security was revoked by Punjab authorities amid plans to crack down on the “VIP culture”, local media reported.
On April 11, Sidhu released a new song titled Scapegoat in which he lamented his defeat in the recent parliamentary elections.
Before that, he released a track called 47 featuring rappers Brit Mist and Stefflon Don in 2019.
In 2021, he made history by becoming the first Indian artist to perform at the International Wireless Festival.
The Indian Parliament tweeted: “The murder of Shri Sidhu Moose Wala, Parliamentary candidate from Punjab & a talented musician, has come as a terrible shock to the Congress party & the whole nation.
“My deepest condolences to his family, fans and friends.
“We are united and undaunted, at this time of extreme grief.”
In Canada, rapper Gursewak Dhillon said Moose Wala has “revolutionized Punjabi music” in the country.
He told The Globe and Mail: “Before Sidhu, people used to head to India and the UK in search of the freshest Punjabi music.
“After he emerged, Canada became the center of the industry.
“There are so many young children in Canada that he is the frontrunner.”