Famed Mexican singer Sergio Vega, aka El Shaka, was murdered Saturday night just hours after denying rumors he was already dead. Vega was on his way to perform at a concert when he was shot and killed in his car.

Sergio Vega aka El Shaka (publicity photo)

Sergio Vega aka El Shaka (publicity photo)

Sergio Vega had commented on premature rumors of his death only hours before the shooting. “It’s happened to me for years now, someone tells a radio station or a newspaper I’ve been killed, or suffered an accident,” Vega told the entertainment website La Oreja. “And then I have to call my dear mum, who has heart trouble, to reassure her,” he said.

Vega was reportedly driving a red Cadillac on Saturday night when an unidentified suspect in a truck began firing at the car. According to a passenger in the car, Vega lost control of the vehicle and crashed. The unidentified gunman then reportedly approached the car and shot Vega in the head, according to Mexican police.

El Shaka, as he was known on stage, was a Grupero (Mexican folk music) performer and often sang narcocorridos – songs celebrating the Mexican drug trade and drug lords. These performers are often targeted by rival drug gangs and handful of other Grupero musicians have also been killed in the past few years, according to the BBC.

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