There hasn’t been much good news for Russia lately. Now the death of one of its pop idols only makes things worse.
Russian pop music artist Yuri Shatunov died Thursday at only 48 years old, the Moscow Times reported. The Soviet-era star rose to fame in the 1980s but spent his early life in an orphanage.
“Last night Yuri’s heart stopped in an ambulance,” Shatunov’s manager, Arkady Kudryashov, told the press. Another source said his death was the result of existing heart disease that turned acute.
Shatunov was born in 1973 and spent his early childhood living in an orphanage. Music was his ticket out at 13 years old as he and other children at the institution began performing with their band Laskovy Mai, or Gentle May.
They would pack stadiums throughout Communist Europe and released two iconic hits that touched on nostalgic themes. The band would break up in 1992, just three years after the fall of the Berlin Wall that signaled the beginning of the end for the Soviet Union.
Though Shatunov attempted a solo career, he was never able to match the earlier success he enjoyed with the group. Now he has gone to his eternal rest, leaving behind his wife and two children.
This tragic news comes on the heels of other emerging problems for Russia. Shatunov may have been just a cultural icon, but his loss comes at a time when his nation is drawing the ire of the entire globe.
Russian President Vladimir Putin initiated the conflict with Ukraine that has sparked off a global fuel and food shortage, Fox News reported. This is compounding existing woes following a worldwide drought and the COVID-19 pandemic.
As the war rages on between Russia and Ukraine, the situation promises to only get worse. Though their leader is pushing the world into a potential humanitarian disaster, the people of Russia likely want normalcy and prosperity in their own nation as well.