British rapper Mist, 27, is shot at a luxury Algarve villa as armed robbers with Irish accents make off with his jewellery and passport
- The burglars said to have taken his passport, phones and jewels during break-in
- It occurred inside a villa on the Quinta Do Lago resort popular with celebrities
- Mist, real name Rhys Thomas Sylvester, was driven to Faro Hospital by friends
Award-winning British rapper Mist has been rushed to hospital after being shot at a luxury Algarve villa during a suspected robbery by men with an ‘Irish accent.’
The burglars are said to have taken the 27-year-old’s passport, phones and jewels during the apparent break-in.
The drama occurred inside a villa on the upmarket Quinta do Lago resort which is a favourite of former footballers Steven Gerrard and John Terry.
Birmingham-born Mist, real name Rhys Thomas Sylvester, was driven to Faro Hospital in a white Mercedes by two friends.
Mist, pictured in Marbella, Spain, was driven to Faro Hospital in a white Mercedes by two friends
Mist pictured Dua Lipa at the Brit awards. He was staying at the upmarket Quinta do Lago resort which is a favourite of former footballers Steven Gerrard and John Terry
Mist, real name Rhys Thomas Sylvester, was driven to Faro Hospital. It is not clear what his current condition is
The pals, a man and a woman, reported to police at the hospital that he was shot in the leg around 10pm on Tuesday during a robbery committed by two or three men with an Irish accent inside the rented villa.
Heavily-armed officers from two police forces went to the villa and forced entry to make sure the suspected burglars were not still inside.
Hospital officials and police have yet to release about information about the condition of the rapper, a Mobo award winner whose February 2018-released second EP Diamond in the Dirt peaked at number four on the UK Albums Chart.
Three songs from the EP also entered the UK Singles Chart.
The Birmingham-born rapper, pictured in Dubai, is said to have had his jewels and passport taken
Mist, who was sentenced to 14 months in prison in October 2014 after being caught driving without a licence following a police chase on the M6, performed at the Afro Nation Festival in the Algarve resort of Praia da Roche at the start of the month.
He posted a photo of himself, bare-chested and showing off his impressive biceps the same day he performed.
The rapper, on his Instagram stories in the Algarve, Portugal, performed in the country this week
In an interview after taking to the stage, he said: ‘It’s been a beautiful experience, really nice.
”I’ve missed my flight back a couple of times so it must have been good.
‘It wasn’t intentional. That’s all I can say for the camera.’
Mist spoke about his transformation from prison inmate to music star shortly after his release from HM Prison Birmingham in an interview last year.
The rapper, whose guitarist father played in a band that performed on Top of the Pops, said: ‘A lot of people say prison makes or breaks you. I can say it made me. It made me look at life differently. I valued things that I never valued before in my life.
‘I just looked at life from a different angle, and I kind of stepped back from all that fast-paced living and started living just for one day and actually looking at where I want to be in life and in my future.
‘It made me, man. It gave me a drive. I feel like before I went to prison, I never had a purpose.
‘Even though I had a daughter and a family that were relying on me and what not, I didn’t know that until I went to prison. All those people were taken away from me. I came out knowing that I had a purpose. I didn’t, in my head, think it was going to be music.’
Portuguese police were not available for comment this morning. It was not immediately clear if any arrests have taken place.