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Kevin Fret (June 11, 1994 – January 10, 2019) was a Puerto Rican singer and the first openly gay Latin trap artist.[1] He was known for his gender-variant looks.

Kevin Fret
Born(1994-06-11)June 11, 1994
Puerto Rico
DiedJanuary 10, 2019(2019-01-10) (aged 24)
Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico
GenresLatin trap
Occupation(s)Singer
InstrumentsVocals

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CareerEdit

Between 2016 and 2018, Fret participated in singing competitions including La Banda and Solo Tu Voz. He used social media to advocate against bullying and used his voice as a member of the LGBT community to encourage other new artists beginning their careers.[2] Fret released his breakthrough single, "Soy Asi" ("I'm Like This") on April 7, 2018 and was featured on Mike Duran's song "Diferente" ("Different"), released on July 18, 2018.[3]

ArtistryEdit

Writer Samy Nemir Olivares described Fret as being known for "breaking gender norms [...] and stigma about being gay, gender nonconforming, and expressing gender identity freely – in a country where gay people still get mocked, bullied and killed".[4]

Personal lifeEdit

Fret came out as gay at the age of 18 years old.[2] Paper magazine described a "strict religious upbringing" as the reason he courted controversy in the LGBT community by saying that homosexuality was "a choice" for him.[5] His parents were not supportive at first but were later accepting. He has a younger sister. Fret was public about undergoing liposuction surgery and buttock augmentation.[2] While living in Miami in 2018, Fret was charged with battery after a fight with another man, who he said had attacked him because of his sexuality.[6][7]

DeathEdit

On January 10, 2019, while Fret was riding his motorcycle in Santurce, San Juan at about 5:30 am, an unidentified gunman shot at him eight times, hitting him in the head and hip.[8][3] The incident was initially regarded by authorities as an automobile accident due to the darkness of the hour.[9] Fret was taken to the Río Piedras Medical Center,[10] where he was pronounced dead.[11] According to police, Fret's murder was the 22nd homicide of 2019 in Puerto Rico.[8]

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Fitzgerald, Trent (11 January 2019). "Latin Trap Artist Kevin Fret Shot and Killed in Puerto Rico". XXL. Retrieved 13 January 2019.
  2. ^ a b c "5 Things to Know About Kevin Fret, the Gay Latin Trap Artist Killed in Puerto Rico". Billboard. Retrieved 2019-01-16.
  3. ^ a b Zraick, Karen (10 January 2019). "Kevin Fret, Openly Gay Latin Trap Artist, Is Shot and Killed in Puerto Rico". The New York Times. Retrieved 10 January 2019.
  4. ^ Dashenas, Sam (11 January 2019). "24-year-old gay rapper Kevin Fret shot to death in Puerto Rico". Gay Times. Retrieved 13 January 2019.
  5. ^ "Kevin Fret Is Latin Trap's First Openly Gay Pioneer". Paper. 25 April 2018. Retrieved 10 January 2019.
  6. ^ "Hispanic Rapper Arrested for Battery in Miami". NBC 6 South Florida. Retrieved 11 January 2019.
  7. ^ "Gay rapper Kevin Fret shot dead aged 24". BBC News. 11 January 2019. Retrieved 11 January 2019.
  8. ^ a b Moore, Sam (11 January 2019). "Openly gay trap artist Kevin Fret shot dead aged 24". NME. Retrieved 11 January 2019.
  9. ^ "La Policía tiene una persona de interés en asesinato de Kevin Fret". El Nuevo Día (in Spanish). 11 January 2019.
  10. ^ Montoya-Galvez, Camilo (10 January 2019). "Openly gay rapper murdered in Puerto Rico amid wave of violence". CBS News. Retrieved 13 January 2019.
  11. ^ Roiz, Jessica (10 January 2019). "Openly Gay Latin Trap Artist Kevin Fret Dies at 24". Billboard. Retrieved 10 January 2019.

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