'Trololo' singer dies 0
A picture taken on January 19, 2012, shows Russian award-winning baritone singer Eduard Khil performing at concert in Saint-Petersburg. AFP/INTERPRESS/DMITRY SUKHODOLSKY
Eduard Khil, the Soviet-era singer who became better known as the Trololo guy when a 1970s performance went viral a couple of years ago, has died.
The Moscow Times reported Khil, 77, died early Monday morning in hospital. He had suffered a stroke in April.
Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev expressed his condolences.
"The death of this outstanding singer, Eduard Khil, is an irreplaceable loss for our culture," he said in a statement.
His songs were "dear to people of different generations, loved not only in our country, but also abroad," Medvedev wrote.
Khil is better known as the Trololo guy after a vintage video of him singing I Am So Happy to Finally Be Back Home went viral on YouTube in 2010. It's since been viewed more than 12 million times, inspired dozens of imitations, and sparked an online petition asking the singer to go on a world tour.
The original Trololo song has lyrics about a man riding his horse across America to his sweetheart, but they were deemed to racy for Soviet censors, so Khil sang the song using random syllables and sounds.