Visiting Afghan singer dead after Vancouver attack

Vancouver police say popular Afghan singer Nasrat Parsa has died followed an attack outside his hotel in East Vancouver over the weekend.

Vancouver police say popular Afghan singer Nasrat Parsa has died followed an attack outside his hotel in East Vancouver over the weekend.

Cst. Tim Fanning says Parsa was approached by three men outside the Days Inn on Kingsway after a concert on Saturday night. Fanning says witnesses saw one man punch the singer, who then fell backwards onto concrete stairs.

"Just after 1:30, three men approached the victim outside his hotel in the 2000-block of Kingsway. He came out; one of the men punched the victim; the victim fell down some stairs and later died from his injuries," Fanning said.

The 36-year-old Parsa was taken to Vancouver General Hospital, where he died Sunday night. A 19-year-old man was arrested and initially charged with aggravated assault. Police have now recommended that the charge be upgraded to manslaughter.

Parsa, who was based in Germany and had 10 albums under his belt, was hugely popular among young Afghans around the world. He began his career at a young age, singing for radio shows and performing in plays and musicals. He had played a concert in Toronto on April 30 before going to Vancouver for Saturday's concert.

His brothers, who were visiting Canada from their home in the U.S., are waiting for his body to be released for burial in Germany.