The Soca Community Mourns the Loss of Iconic Artist Ricardo Drue at 38



The Caribbean music scene faces a profound loss with the passing of renowned Soca artist Ricardo Drue. His demise, confirmed by multiple Caribbean media outlets including ABS Radio/TV in Antigua & Barbuda, has sent waves of shock and sorrow across the Soca community. Drue, an Antigua native, was just 38 and in the zenith of his musical journey, having recently engaged to Soca star Patrice Roberts.

ABS Radio/TV reported that Drue was declared deceased at the Lester Bird Hospital on Tuesday afternoon following his discovery in an unresponsive state.

Ricardo Drue’s career was marked by a string of hits, including the acclaimed “Vagabond” and “Toxic”. His recent single “Tornado” stands out as a significant achievement, produced by the Virgin Islands’ own Iaryn Williams, widely respected as Swanks in the music industry.

Drue’s impact in his homeland of Antigua was immense. He was a consistent winner in Soca Monarch and Road March contests, celebrating a notable triumph in this year’s Road March with “Last Man Standing”. His untimely departure leaves a void in the Soca world, where he was celebrated for his vibrant music and charismatic presence.

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