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Jimmy O

Jimmy O
Background information
Birth name Jean Jimmy Alexandre
Born (1974-03-09)March 9, 1974
Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Origin New York City, New York, USA
Died January 12, 2010(2010-01-12) (aged 35)
Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Genres Hip hop
Occupations Musician
Social activist
Instruments Vocals, guitar, piano, drums
Years active 1987–2010
Labels Sak Pasé Records

Jean Jimmy Alexandre (March 9, 1974(1974-03-09) – January 12, 2010(2010-01-12)), better known by his stage name Jimmy O, was a Haitian hip hop artist[1] who was born in Port-au-Prince and lived in New York City.[2] He was involved with Wyclef Jean's Yéle Haiti Foundation.[1] Jimmy O performed his music in Haitian Creole.[3]

In 2006, he and Jean held a hip-hop performance in the Bel Air suburb of Port-au-Prince that was part of the USAID-funded Clean Streets project.[4] The following year, he and other Haitian artists held a concert in the Champ de Mars, the largest public square in the capital, along with Wyclef Jean, Akon, and Matt Damon.[5]

On January 12, 2010, at age 35, Jimmy O was crushed inside a vehicle he was apparently driving in downtown Port-au-Prince during the 2010 Haiti earthquake.[1] His mother, his wife, two of his three children, his agent, and a CNN crew were present when Jimmy O's body was discovered and identified three days later.[6][7] His agent said that the loss of Jimmy O "will be tremendous in Haiti."[8]

At the time of his death he was preparing to release his debut album Destiny in the United States.[9]


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