Reggaeton Power Player Dr. Velásquez Assassinated in Medellín

Reggaeton Dr. Velasquez assassinated
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Photo Credit: “Será Mía” – Dr. Velásquez Ft. Danni Ubeda

Reggaeton power-player Dr. Velásquez, who worked with artists like J Balvin, Maluma, Reykon, and Blessd, was assassinated in his home in Medellín.

Colombian artist manager and singer Dr. Velásquez, was found on June 8 alongside his girlfriend Sofia Valdez, shot to death in the artist’s home in Envigado, outside of Medellín, Colombia. The news was confirmed by Velásquez’s record label, JMW Music, in a statement posted to social media.

“With deep pain, we inform you of the death of Dr. Velásquez, renowned singer, composer, manager, businessman, and paisa [Medellín native] dreamer,” reads the statement written 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.”

The label clarified in a separate statement that although the facts surrounding his death 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, whose real name was Daniel Alejandro Velásquez Franco, enjoyed a solo singing career from 2014 to 2018, but he is better known for having propelled the music careers of many Colombian urban artists, including Reykon, Maluma, and J Balvin. He discovered Blessd in 2019 and signed him to his home label of JMW Music.

“A lot of growth and living experiences, independently of breaking our professional ties,” wrote Blessd of his former manager on his social media. “This has impacted me. Peace on your grave.” Other artists, including J Balvin, Maluma, and emerging artist El Clooy, whom Velásquez managed, also released reactions to his passing on social media.