STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – Rapper Einar, one of Sweden’s most popular music icons, was shot dead in Stockholm late on Thursday, fueling anger against gang-related violence that has gripped the country in recent years.
Einar, 19, whose real name was Nils Grunberg, was killed in a suburban apartment in Stockholm, but no arrests have been made so far. In an earlier incident last year, Einar was kidnapped and assaulted by rivals.
Grunberg first rose to prominence at the age of 16, released four albums, and fans have listened to his songs tens of millions of times on music platforms, winning several Swedish and other Grammy Awards.
Last year he was kidnapped and beaten by rivals in the profession linked to a Stockholm criminal gang. The court issued prison sentences to several people for their involvement in the kidnapping, including another successful rapper, Yassin Bin.
Sweden has struggled with gang-related violence for years, transforming from one of the lowest rates of firearms crime in Europe to one of the highest in the past two decades.