By Anne-Marie Bissada
The Africa Report
Hachalu Hundessa, a popular and beloved Ethiopian musician and activist, was shot dead in the capital Monday night.
While no one has claimed responsibility for the shooting, the 34-year old had been receiving death threats.
News of his death saw thousands of his fans make their way to his hospital in Addis Ababa. In an effort to control the crowds, police used tear gas to disperse his fans.
BREAKING: Mass protest taken place in #Ethiopia capital #AddisAbaba after popular Oromo artist & singer Hachalu Hundessa was shot dead last night. Gunfire can be heard throughout the capital, #Ethiopia security forces shut-down internet, arrest journalists, Situation tense.
The internet has also been shut down following reported riots in the capital following news of his death.
Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed expressed his condolences, adding they are awaiting the results of a police investigation. He has also called on mourners to be vigilant to prevent any further violence.
Oromo ethnic group
Hundessa belongs to the Oromo ethnic group; one of the largest minorities in the country, with some estimating them to comprise between 25 to 40 percent of the population.