Former Guyanese tennis coach Esan Benn of Queens, New York (NY), was fatally stabbed on Monday by a homeless man on the sidewalk just blocks from Times Square, NY, reports revealed.
According to the New York Post, 51-year-old Benn was discovered unresponsive on the ground by cops near West 38th Street and Seventh Avenue in Midtown Manhattan, NY, around 05:20h.
After receiving reports of the stabbing, Benn was rushed to Lenox Hill Hospital in New York, but despite doctors’ efforts, he succumbed to his injuries.
NY Police confirmed that the man was stabbed multiple times during a dispute that was captured on CCTV cameras. After being stabbed he collapsed on the sidewalk.
Meanwhile, Police managed to arrest the homeless man who was identified as 38-year-old Vincent Cole on Tuesday morning, and he was subsequently charged with the capital offence.
Benn is said to be the father of upcoming Guyanese artiste Esan Benn Jr aka Benzy of Hardball Entertainment.
In a Facebook post on Tuesday, the younger Benn said he is saddened by his father’s sudden death and is trying to process the dreadful news.
“I am extremely sad because you are gone, and I didn’t know how to accept the news that you passed and it is breaking my heart so much I can’t even begin to explain. I haven’t cried in years and you made me break down unexpectedly in front of people who see me as a strong individual,” the younger Benn penned.
He described his father as a great man who loved God, and who taught him a lot in life.
“The man whose love for God is endless and I am thankful for you…I want to thank you so much for always believing in me. You give me your name for a purpose; ‘Esan Benn’ because I am just like you and you knew it. I will carry your legacy,” the upcoming artiste said.