January 15th, 2010
12:58 PM ET

Haitian hip-hop artist, charity worker found dead after quake

Jimmy O, a well-known singer and songwriter in Haiti who also was active in hip-hop artist and philanthropist Wyclef Jean's charity, is dead.

Jimmy O, 35, was crushed in a vehicle during the 7.0-magnitude earthquake, apparently while he was driving in downtown Port-au-Prince.

CNN was on the scene when his body was discovered Friday. A man examined the body and pulled from one of the victim's pants pocket the artist's passport. CNN saw the document, which verified the man was Jimmy O, whose legal name was Jean Jimmy Alexandre.

Jimmy O's family and agent, who were on the scene, also verified his identity. "His loss will be tremendous in Haiti," said the agent, Henry Robert Dominique.

Dominique said Jimmy O helped run Yele Haiti, a grass-roots charitable organization established by Wyclef Jean in 2005. And as a musician, Jimmy O helped develop new talent and artists in the impoverished nation, Dominique said.

Jimmy O's mother, wife and two of his three children wept at the scene. They were joined by a crowd that had gathered, also struck by emotion over the loss of Jimmy O.

Yele Haiti's goal has been to restore pride and hope to the Haitian people through projects that will allow citizens to ultimately help themselves, such as the creation of scholarships, support for the arts, food distribution and emergency relief.

The organization served the poorest of the poor in Haiti, Dominique told CNN. In its first year, it provided scholarships to more than 3,600 children.

Within 72 hours of the earthquake, Wyclef Jean had mobilized on social networking sites to raise money for relief aid.

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  1. Morton

    Is there any good haitian music?
    like some great hip hop artists?
    something really good to dance to.....?

    http://jh3.appealtextparliament.com

    October 21, 2010 at 3:13 am | Report abuse |
  2. Sara/Lafayette,La.

    I would let to send our prays out to the familys of the deceased and missing family members in Haitia and also to Jimmy O's family members and Wyclef Jean. Some people should realize, that this is not a time to throw slans, but time to pray for one another.

    January 16, 2010 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
  3. Debra R

    Prayers with the families, friends and co-workers of Jimmy O

    January 16, 2010 at 9:10 am | Report abuse |
  4. Jan Taylor

    This hip-hop artist was a good friend of Ramone who stayed at our home last summer. He was also a peace maker with his hip hop songs. what a loss!!!!!!! Vaya con Dios Dorothy

    January 16, 2010 at 7:35 am | Report abuse |
  5. MONIQUE

    In this time of despair and grief let us not be swayed by the lack of knowledge from a few. Stay strong Haiti for God is with you. Be blessed my family for the sun will shine!!!!!!

    January 16, 2010 at 3:14 am | Report abuse |
  6. Karen

    I'm putting out a challenge to everyone who reads this who possibly can, to donate one days' wages to the relief efforts.
    I'm adding an extra day of work to my week to do it; come on world let's reach out our hands to Haiti every one of us has the power to change the world. Use it!

    January 16, 2010 at 1:20 am | Report abuse |
  7. Ramon

    My prayers go out to Wycliffe familia. . Also to the families that are going threw the hardest time. . Wycliffe made a change in the hip hop world taking it his style all across the globe. ..in are hearts you well always be here.. much love.

    January 15, 2010 at 10:31 pm | Report abuse |
  8. sheena bastien

    good bless you Jimmy-O

    January 15, 2010 at 8:04 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Nagger Tom

    Jimmy OJ and Jean r da same people.

    January 15, 2010 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
  10. bulldog

    ..re: Bo Johnson's IDIOTIC/INSENSITIVE remark. Not surprising, Rush Limbaugh and Pat Robertson pretty much made some similar comments..how this is somewhat God's doing, due to Haitian's pact with the Devil...
    and these are people who consider themselves Christians? Well like my favorite T-shirt says : The Christian Right is Neither!!
    What a load of BS!!! These self professed christian leaders should be gathering their "flock" to help support, volunteer, raise funds, donate $ to this horrible suffering people in Haiti are going thru....but instead, they choose to BLAME them instead..like they brought this on themselves. It was an EARTHQUAKE you morons!!
    My thoughts and prayers are with the people of Haiti. May God (the non-vengeful one) keep you in his blessings.

    January 15, 2010 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Sophie Dofie

    Riccismiles, Haiti is so poor that a few dollars would go a long way. It will come back to you, hopefully sooner rather than later. Good luck!

    January 15, 2010 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  12. natu

    I'm not a haitian but my heart weeps for them, i dont have a dime to give but i can give my time and service to go to haiti. i dont care how long it takes but let me know if there is a chance for that.

    January 15, 2010 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Stephanie - Atlanta

    I am a Jamaican, but I know in my heart that when our ancestors were taken from the Motherland, they separated us, placed us on different lands, mothers from daughters, sons and fathers; yet the bond we share remains unbroken. You are my brothers, my sisters, my aunts and uncles, my grandmother, my grandfather, my heart, my family, my long lost blood and I weep, mourn and pray with you in your hour of need. You will rise again because you are a mighty people. Your courage, strength and resilience resonates with your brothers and sisters around the world and no matter where the may have taken us, be it Haiti, Trinidad, Tobago, Guyana, the Americas, Jamaica, Canada, England, whever, we are still ONE and a might y people. Up you mighty people. Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning. Be encouraged in the Lord our God.

    January 15, 2010 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Chi

    I think its very insensitive to say God the event in Haiti is God purnishment to that nation. The sun of the love of God that shines on all makes no distinction whether ye be black, white, rich, poor, rightious or evil. God's protection is shared upon all. We need to take advatage of it and live by His laws. We should know that no amount of sin these people commit will take the pain of the slavery suffered by them in the hands of the west. Its also important to note the difference between the actions of hip hop artist and hip hop as an artistic form of expression. People always express themselves positively and negatively in many forms and hip hip is one of those case. Please take note o ye men of little sense.

    January 15, 2010 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Concerned

    It says comments will be reviewed and deemed appropriate before posting, however someone made a comment above that was certainly not appropriate "Thank GOD, hip hop is S___, do not feel bad as GOD is taking care of things the ignorant "MEN & WOMEN in power of the world could not". If this individual is implying the people of Haiti and their familes or anyone else in this world would deserve this horrific tragedy, then may God have mercy on your soul. God Bless YELE, the RED CROSS, and other organizations reaching out to the Haitian people during their time of need.

    January 15, 2010 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Elton Tooahnippah

    It is a great loss when anyone who has the kindness and selflessness to give of himself to the betterment of others passes.Pat Robertson says Haiti had it coming because of a pact with the devil,I think it happened because God was running low on Angels.

    January 15, 2010 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  17. LaVerne

    I pray that the creator of Heaven and Earth will bring healing to the land of Haiti, for we are one people one destiny.

    One Love

    January 15, 2010 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Micah A.

    Yeah I think the "typo" is a non-issue right now.

    January 15, 2010 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Terry in Dallas

    People are dying and we have morons trying to correct grammer! God help us! Are you guys working with the "Faux" News Network?

    January 15, 2010 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Rob Jacobs

    Bo Johnson who wrote: "Thank GOD, hip hop is S___, do not feel bad as GOD is taking care of things the ignorant "MEN & WOMEN in power of the world could not)!!!!!!"

    You are an insensitive jerk who clearly is out of touch with the "Christian" mission statement. It is unfortunate that we are similar in DNA, as you do not represent the voice of a true human being. Personal tastes aside, the fact that you would suggest that Jimmy O is better off dead because he is a hip-hop artist just exposes your level ignorance and lack of compassion. You are not a "Christian," but what waste of matter. Go buy the audio version of the Bible, as you have clearly demonstrated that you cannot read or comprehend it's intended message.

    January 15, 2010 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  21. ron

    The article makes perfect sense. Wyclef and Jimmy O are two different guys. Read more slowly. RIP Jimmy. . .

    January 15, 2010 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Obie

    Excuse me, I meant to say the fourth person to comment, Bo Johnson.

    January 15, 2010 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Hip-hop is ish? Please

    I can't believe someone would post some non sense about how hip hop is ____ and God is taking care of it. So you don't like hip hop, millions do. What world are you living in Bo Johnson? A world full of death, destruction, hurricanes, tornadoes, etc. You blame the evil in the world on God? What God would do something like that? It's Mother Nature Bo, not some superpower in the sky trying to kill off hip hop. How pathetic you must be.

    January 15, 2010 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Obie

    It annoys me that everyone here is complaining about writing style when the first person to comment on this article basically said that God is destroying Haiti to get rid of evil hip-hop. How about we get mad at him instead of the guy reporting the news? I mean, it's just a thought, but maybe grammar is more important than racism. I don't know.

    January 15, 2010 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
  25. R

    Reading comprehension, people. Its not difficult. There's nothing inconsistent about the article.

    January 15, 2010 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
  26. yolande

    I would like to thank cnn for all their help.

    January 15, 2010 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
  27. jon

    whats more important, grammer in a sentence or the loss of life in Haiti? you people need a life. I mean a life.

    January 15, 2010 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  28. JE

    The first sentence needs clarity, but the last sentence is perfectly fine as is. You all are the ones who don't get it...It says WYCLEF JEAN had mobilized on social networking site..not Jimmy O....It's really not that hard to understand...

    More importantly, my thoughts and prayers are with the Haitian people and those of Haitian descent.

    January 15, 2010 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
  29. James

    Hey Einsteins!! The Jean who mobilized within hours was Wyclef Jean, who's organization Jimmy O was active in. Jimmy O's full name of Jean Jimmy Alexandre was only referenced once but he mainly was called Jimmy O. Jean is a popular first and last name in Haiti. My heart goes out to his family and all the people in Haiti. Our prayers continue to flow to you.

    January 15, 2010 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
  30. JLC

    @Brett and Chris, Wyclef Jean is not Jimmy O. Wyclef Jean mobilized relief aid, not Jimmy O. The sentence is correct and does make sense.

    January 15, 2010 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Blondine

    RIP and God bless the love one's he left behind. My prayers goes out to his family and friends.

    January 15, 2010 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  32. LL

    For Chris/Brett – the 'Jean' in that sentence is not Jimmy O – it is Wyclef..as in Wyclef Jean

    January 15, 2010 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Melva

    Molly, Wyclef Jean was not killed, but Jimmy O who ran his Yele Haiti non-profit was killed.

    Wyclef Jean reported on the day that the quake hit that he did not know if Jimmy O was alive or not.

    January 15, 2010 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  34. Riccismiles

    For those strange "non-readers", JIMMY and JEAN are two totally different people. SO, the last sentence is 100% correct. HOW about posters CHECK YOUR POSTS for intelligence before posting?
    My heart goes out to Haiti. Sadly, my good old unemployed American wallet can only send a few bucks.

    January 15, 2010 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  35. becky

    Wyclef is not the person who died. Jimmy O died. Wyclef founded the charity that Jimmy O actively supported.

    January 15, 2010 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  36. Reva

    Hello, read the first sentence, to understand the last sentence. Jimmy O, a well-known singer and songwriter in Haiti who also was active in hip-hop artist and philanthropist Wyclef Jean's charity, is dead.

    Within 72 hours of the earthquake, Wyclef Jean had mobilized on social networking sites to raise money for relief aid.

    January 15, 2010 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  37. Hugh Jarce

    That's terrible, I'm crushed.

    January 15, 2010 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  38. Beth

    The writer is referring to Wyclef Jean as "Jean" and Jean Jimmy Alexandre as "Jimmy O." So, it is, in fact, possible that Wyclef (Jean) raised the money.

    January 15, 2010 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  39. Snark

    "How could he be mobilizing relief aid if he was killed? (i.e. the last sentence of this article makes no sense).

    Moral: Proofread your articles before posting."

    Chris –

    Jimmy O died. Wyclef Jean mobilized relief aid.

    Moral: Learn to read.

    January 15, 2010 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  40. Melinda

    They didn't mean Jimmy O. They mean Wyclef Jean, who started the charity that Jimmy O worked for. Usually journalists use last names not first names.

    January 15, 2010 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  41. Kathy

    People please read the article carefully. Jimmy O is the man that was killed. "Jean" refers to the other artist, Wycle Jean; he is the one who was organizing relief.

    January 15, 2010 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  42. Dilla

    wyclef jean did not die, jimmy o died...the article makes total sense, you just need to pay attention or possibly re-read before posting comments. Sure, I am not familiar with this man's work either, but if he was important to anyone, than it was a tremendous loss for someone. Please use your brains folks

    January 15, 2010 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  43. Andrea KC

    Either he did this right before he died, or the Jean they are referring to is Wyclef Jean.

    January 15, 2010 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  44. Kayonne

    There are two "Jean"s in the story – Wyclef Jean (who is very much alive) and Jean Jimmy Alexandre, also known as Jimmy O (who tragically died).

    I assume that the Jean who "mobilized on social networking sites to raise money for relief aid" is Wyclef Jean.

    January 15, 2010 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  45. BBBB

    Chris & Brett

    .Wyclef Jean is the one who mobilized relief aid, not Jimmy O.

    January 15, 2010 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  46. Corey

    Hey idiots–read the last sentence. The person mobilizing is Wyclef Jean. He is not the person who is dead. The person who is dead is Jimmy O. There are multiple hip-hop artists out there who are from Haiti. Get it right before you post your insults next time.

    January 15, 2010 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
  47. Mel

    When they use the name "Jean" with reference to the charity, they are referring to Wyclef Jean. Not Jimmy O.

    January 15, 2010 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
  48. What

    Chris: You should read the article more closely before criticizing.

    "Within 72 hours of the earthquake, Jean had mobilized on social networking sites to raise money for relief aid."

    Jean as in Wyclef Jean. Very much alive and involved in the relief efforts.

    Moral: Make sure you know what you are talking about.

    January 15, 2010 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  49. Mobetta

    This goes to show we are not perfect people even CNN...

    January 15, 2010 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  50. toomanyidiots

    You people are idiots. Clearly this guy is not the only person named Jean. So with a little intuitive thinking, you realize Wyclef Jean was doing the mobilizing within 72 hours.

    January 15, 2010 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  51. LKLLAB

    The Jean CNN is talking about is Wyclef Jean.

    January 15, 2010 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  52. Christina

    They are referring to Wyclef Jean.
    ----–
    How could he be mobilizing relief aid if he was killed? (i.e. the last sentence of this article makes no sense).

    January 15, 2010 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  53. Brown Town

    The name Jean is referencing Wyclef Jean, not the victim. Read the article more carefully before you post complaints about proofreading, Chris.

    January 15, 2010 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  54. haley

    Wyclef Jean is alive. Jean Jimmy Alexandre is not

    January 15, 2010 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  55. Liz

    Chris, the article is correct. The Jean the article refers to in the last sentence is Wyclef Jean, who started the Yele Haiti organization. The man who was killed was Jean Jimmy Alexandre. Journalists use last names, not first names.

    January 15, 2010 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  56. Jessica

    @Molly -
    My apologies for including you. You were correct in your statement.

    January 15, 2010 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
  57. Jessica Coomer

    @Chris, Molly and Brett

    Wyclef Jean was moblilizing aid within 72 hours of the quake. Not Jimmy O. The sentence is fine.

    January 15, 2010 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
  58. Jubril

    RIP, so much sorrow

    January 15, 2010 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  59. MARY

    God Bless him and all of the people hit by this devastating event. I will keep you all in my prayers.

    January 15, 2010 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  60. TLT

    Sorry to hear that... watched him with Larry King on Tuesday night and he mentioned that he was searching for this gentleman, that nobody had heard from him. I'm sad it turned out this way.

    January 15, 2010 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  61. bob

    His amazing music will be missed. Wait, who is this guy?

    January 15, 2010 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  62. facondor

    RIP JIMMY
    too many jimmys too soon.

    January 15, 2010 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  63. Chris

    How could he be mobilizing relief aid if he was killed? (i.e. the last sentence of this article makes no sense).

    Moral: Proofread your articles before posting.

    January 15, 2010 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  64. Kevin

    Is it that you all dont want to release how much money Yele has raised or are they not releasing the information to you all? Because I see where you have listed in other articles, the dollar value of contributions given to other agencies.

    January 15, 2010 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  65. Pookie

    My heart hurts...but I know the Haitians are resolute to come out of this as a people with a Strong government of their chosing.

    January 15, 2010 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  66. Brett Eichenberger

    This doesn't make any sense. How did Jean mobilize on social networking sites within 72 hours of the earthquake, when he was killed in it?

    January 15, 2010 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  67. Molly Quinn

    check your first sentence for clarity.

    January 15, 2010 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
  68. didnotcheck

    "Jimmy O, 35, was crushed in a vehicle during the 7.0-magnitude earthquake, ..."
    "... Jimmy O, whose legal name was Jean Jimmy Alexandre."
    "Within 72 hours of the earthquake, Jean had mobilized on social networking sites to raise money for relief aid."
    !!!???

    January 15, 2010 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  69. dee

    R.I.P. Jimmy O...

    I saw Wyclef on CNN talking about how worried they were about his safety....

    January 15, 2010 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  70. Tiffany

    I am sorry to hear this.

    January 15, 2010 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  71. ron

    i feel sorry for my people i am a haitian i live in new york for 30 years i want yto send my prayer to all my people god bless.

    January 15, 2010 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  72. Joe Mignon

    We have lost a priceless humanitarian, social soldier, artist, and friend that will be irreplaceable.

    Joe Mignon
    Sak Pase Music/ Yele Haiti

    January 15, 2010 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  73. yem

    My heart goes out to his family and to all the Haitians affected by this tragedy.

    January 15, 2010 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  74. Bo Johnson

    My God, man you are right, RIGHT, RIGHT

    January 15, 2010 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  75. samantha

    It seems that he ones that do good and try to make this world a better place are taken out in their prime. Why? As I read the story of this young man we must not mourn on his death but, continue what their mission was. This soul will be missed and I pray for his family as well.

    January 15, 2010 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  76. Treva

    It seems no one could escape this event. I will pray for his family.

    January 15, 2010 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  77. Elroy

    It is never good news to have lost any body far less a well known name like his in Haiti, rest in peace brother.

    January 15, 2010 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  78. Sarah

    Wycleff was on Larry King talking about trying to find Jimmy the night the earthquake struck...I'm soo sorry to hear this. My condolences to his family, friends and fans.

    January 15, 2010 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
  79. Johnblaze

    May he rest in peace!

    January 15, 2010 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
  80. S Callahan

    Rest in peace Jimmy O.....may your voice be heard with the angels now.

    January 15, 2010 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  81. georges

    people like this die and rush limbaugh is alive.Some of the puzzles in life. May his sold rest in peace.

    January 15, 2010 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  82. Damia

    My thoughts and prayers go out to all the people who is affected by this tragedy.

    January 15, 2010 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  83. quanisha

    this is really crazy i feel really bad for them i wish it never happened to them.i dodnated food and i feel happy about that.

    January 15, 2010 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  84. christina

    this is so sad!!!!

    January 15, 2010 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  85. Franky, Land of Lincoln

    Oh wow, I know who he is. I'm quite familiar with him and sorry to hear such a loss.

    Very unfortunate to hear, sorry.

    January 15, 2010 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |

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