The crooner, Soviet symbol and later Russian MP Iosif Kobzon has kicked the bucket at 80 years old.
The demise of the vocalist, who had for quite some time been sick with growth, has started a rush of tributes on state TV and online networking for a man who gave the soundtrack to numerous Russians’ lives.
Russian tributes applauded his “one of a kind” baritone, and in addition his patriotism.
The outside service representative went so far as to consider him a “human mainland”.
In any case, the entertainer, once named the Soviet Sinatra, was a dubious figure in later life. He was a staunch supporter of the extension of Crimea from Ukraine and named by a few analysts as a “proselytizer”.