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Bobby Farrell, Boney M Fame Passes Away at 61

Bobby Farrell

Bobby Farrell

Bobby Farrell was the front man and the only member of the 1970s era disco band passed away in his sleep. He was 61 years of age.

His agent, John Seine informed that Farrell died in a hotel room of a Russian city, St Petersburg. He was performing there. He added that the singer’s cause of death is not yet ascertained. He told that the singer had experienced breathlessness on Wednesday. The singer had reportedly complained of the problem once before the show and later after the show that was destined to be his last performance.

The singer’s original name was Alfonso Farrell. He was born in Aruba, a place in Caribbean Island. He stared to work as a sailor at an early age of 15, leaving home. Later he went to Norway and Germany and concentrated on becoming a DJ. 1974 was an important year in his career as he was selected to lead a group founded by a German lyricist and singer Frank Farian. The group is called Boney M.

Ferrell is scheduled for a TV show in Rome and he is about to fly there on Friday. Though Boney M group was disbanded in 1986, he continued his career as a singer and enthralled fans world wide. Recently he was touring with three female singers. He called his group as Bobby Farrell of Boney M. He had a son and a daughter.

Farrell is known as a showman, a dancer and he made a number of male vocals for Boney M. He is also known for his gaudy costumes. He is usually seen on stage topless and in skin tight bell bottoms which were fashion of those days. Boney M’s first recorded hit was in 1978, Daddy Cool. Rivers of Babylon, the group’s UK number was also released in 1978. In Britain it had registered a sale of about two million records topping the lists for about five weeks.

His agent revealed that the singer is having health problems related to heart, stomach and respiratory system for the last ten years. He told that Ferrell is magnanimous and explosive, describing the singer as a ‘fantastic person’.

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