Pop singer Bobby Farrell dies of heart attack

22:02, January 05, 2011      

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Bobby Farrell, the lead singer with 1970s European chart-topping group Boney M, died of a heart problem in Russia last week, medical experts said Wednesday.

"Farrell died of a heart disease. The cause of the death was non-criminal," a spokesman for Russia's Investigative Committee in St. Petersburg told the Interfax news agency.

Farrell's body has already been sent to his home country, the Netherlands.

Farrell, 61, was found dead in his hotel in St. Petersburg last Thursday morning after failing to respond to a wake-up call. According to his agent, he performed last Wednesday night as scheduled with a group called Bobby Farrell and Boney M, with three women backup singers.

Russian authorities earlier said the singer, who was born Alfonso Farrell in Aruba and lived in Amsterdam, died of natural causes.

The original Boney M, which was based in Germany, disbanded in 1986 after scoring worldwide hits with "Daddy Cool" and "By The Rivers of Babylon".

Source: Xinhua
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