Jewish Journal

Popular Israeli singer Arik Einstein dies


Posted on Nov. 26, 2013 at 3:20 pm

Arik Einstein in 2006

Arik Einstein in 2006

Israeli entertainer Arik Einstein, whose crooning hit tunes and comedic turns on screen endeared him to generations of Israelis, died on Tuesday in a Tel Aviv hospital at the age of 74 after suffering a fatal hemorrhage.

"The songs he composed and sang are the soundtrack for Israel," Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a statement. "With much sadness Israel parts with a cultural giant."

Einstein started out in a military entertainment troupe before joining a pop band, and then went on to have a prolific solo career. He also starred in a number of cult movies and a satirical television show.

His rendition of the song "Cry For You" became the unofficial Israeli requiem for assassinated Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin in 1995.

Reporting by Ari Rabinovitch; Editing by Doina Chiacu

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