Limburg rapper and producer Aziz Özel (28) dies suddenly

The rapper and producer Aziz ‘Azo’ Özel has died aged just 28. He was found dead at his home in the Limburg town of Maasmechelen on Saturday afternoon. The Limburg Judicial Authority say that it is probably that he died as a result of heart failure. The emergency services were called but were unable to do anything to save the 28-year-old’s life.  

Aziz Özil is best known for his work with the hip-hop group La Famiglia. He was also very active in youth work in his home town of Maasmechelen and was a committee member of the ’t Alibi youth club. Several hundred fans, friends and family members gathered outside Aziz Özel’s home on Saturday after news of his death broke.   

Azo, Gunnie, Hulik, De neef en Di. b launched the hip-hop collective La Famiglia in 2011. Aziz was one of its producers. In April of this year it was announced that La Famiglia was to call it a day as a number of its members had plans for a solo career.

Aziz Özil produced Alessio new single 'Bikini' that was released last month. Aziz Özil leaves behind a wife and a young son.