On Saturday, two car bombs exploded in the busiest street in Baghdad, Iraq. At least 200 people died in the terror attack, and a further 134 were wounded.
Among the victims was the popular Iraqi rapper and dancer Adel Al-Jaf, known to fans as Adel Euro, and an internet star in his own right. Tributes have been pouring in from his fans in his home country since the new spread.
In a Facebook post that has gone viral, one of his fans wrote, “Adel was a self-taught performer, having been inspired by Michael Jackson and Britney Spears performing The Way You Make Me Feel live on stage in 2001. ‘I felt like I was born then and it had a big impact on myself' he said in an interview.’”
Euro was active on Facebook and Twitter and uploaded his projects there, including videos of him dancing in the streets in public performances. He learnt some of his moves by getting instructions from American instructor Jonathan Hollander of the Battery Dance Company via Skype. The dancer, who escaped a bombing in Iraq last year, was profiled in an episode for BBC radio.
The video above is the young artist's first public dance performance, to Gary Jules's haunting Mad World which one Twitter user termed an "apt description for times we live".
Here, Euro does an interpretation of modern dance.
Euro also enjoyed dancing in public places. Here's a video of his performance in the streets of Baghdad.
A lawyer and an aspiring filmmaker, he had posted after escaping a bomb blast, "Yes, I haven't died and I am still alive after the cowardly criminal bombing of Karrada where I was a step away from death."
Here's his dance-based short film.