One of my favorite internet celebrities has passed away. Total bummer. The above video never ceases to float me into the misty clouds of ridiculous land.
“Mr. Trololo” has sung his final note.
Little-known Russian crooner Eduard Khil, who gained international fame when a 1976 clip of him performing on Soviet television went viral in 2010, has died, The Associated Press reported on Monday.
He was 77.
He had been hospitalized in St. Petersburg since a stroke in early April that left him with severe brain damage, according to AP. He died Monday.
Khil was a popular singer in the Soviet Union during the 1960s and 70s, but after the fall of the Iron Curtain, he slipped into obscurity.
It wasn’t until two years ago when the video of his performance ignited on YouTube, scoring more than two million views.
“I found out about it from my 13-year-old grandson,” he told RT, a Russian TV news program, in 2010. “He walked into the room, humming the song… So I asked him, ‘Why [are] you singing it?’”
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