Reggae Star Gunned Down

Lucky Dube killed in front of children during carjacking
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 19, 2007 12:45 PM CDT

(Newser) – Lucky Dube, South Africa’s best-selling reggae singer, was shot and killed in front of his children during an apparent carjacking last night outside Johannesburg. The murder sparked calls for a national crackdown on violent crime, Reuters reports. “The circumstances surrounding his murder again illustrate that violent crime in South Africa is out of control,” said one politician.

Dube, 43, "wasn't just big in South Africa, he was big in Africa and the rest of the world where he had a huge fan base," said the head of his record label. The Cape Argus reports that he had just dropped off his teenage son and daughter when the carjackers struck; the children were not physically harmed.