Friday 24 February 2017

Boney M star found dead in hotel

Dean Gray

BONEY M frontman Bobby Farrell was found dead in his hotel bed yesterday while on tour in Russia. He was 61.

Farrell appeared as scheduled in St Petersburg, Russia, on Wednesday night, but complained of breathing problems before and after his show, said his agent, John Seine. He had been due to fly to Rome yesterday for a television show.

Farrell, who lived in Amsterdam, was more a dancer and showman than singer when he fronted Boney M in the 1970s and 80s. The group broke into the charts with 'Daddy Cool' and 'Sunny' in 1976. Two years later, their version of 'By the Rivers of Babylon' sold nearly two million records in Britain.

Mr Seine said the cause of death was not known, but Farrell had suffered health problems off-and-on for 10 years. He was found dead by hotel staff after he failed to respond to a wake-up call.

Irish Independent

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