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 Post subject: RIP Eduard Khil
PostPosted: Fri Jun 08, 2012 10:41 pm 
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On Thursday, Russian crooner Eduard Khil, internationally known as 'Mr. Trololo', was buried in the Smolenskoye cemetery in St. Petersburg. The civil funeral was held in Raikin’s Estrada Theatre. The farewell ceremony was attended by hundreds of the crooner’s admirers.

Eduard Khil’s singing career began in the 1960-s. Although he was known mostly as a crooner, he was also an excellent opera singer. “It is hard to accept the fact that he passed away. He was a bright person, not envious at all, very kind and very ethical. People will always remember him”, the singer’s friend composer Yakov Dubravin said.

In 2010, Eduard Khil enjoyed a wave of international success, when one of his Soviet-era video clips suddenly became an unexpected sensation on the web, collecting 5 million views and dozens of thousands of comments on Youtube. In the video, he performed a rollicking song without a single word, entitled "I Am So Happy to Finally Be Back Home." There were many parodies of his song on American TV. International fans of the song nicknamed Eduard Khil Mr. Trololo, asking the singer to visit their countries with live shows. Khil was shocked but liked the idea. He even proposed to his fans to write the lyrics for the song and joked that he would like to perform as Trololoman.

Eduard Khil continued to perform on stage until April 2012. On April 8, he suffered a stroke and was taken to hospital. Only on May 28, it was announced that the singer had been in a critical condition in the intensive care unit of one of St. Petersburg’s hospitals. The legendary singer died at the age of 77 in St. Petersburg on Monday night.

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