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Legendary singer Eddy Silitonga passes away at 65

Ni Nyoman Wira
Ni Nyoman Wira

The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Thu, August 25, 2016  /  11:09 am
Legendary singer Eddy Silitonga passes away at 65

Two weeks ago, the Pematang Siantar-born singer was brought to a hospital in South Jakarta with breathing difficulties and a low blood sugar level. (via kompas.com/-)

Legendary pop singer Eddy Silitonga passed away Thursday morning at the age of 65.

“Yes, he passed away at 00:05 [a.m.],” one of Eddy’s sons, Mario, told kompas.com on Thursday.

Two weeks ago, the Pematang Siantar-born singer was brought to a hospital in South Jakarta with breathing difficulties and a low blood sugar level. He was later diagnosed with heart problems and diabetes.

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His condition was getting better last Friday, but changed for the worst the day after up until Wednesday night. “Last night, [his condition] suddenly became more serious,” said Mario, adding that his father passed away after going through a procedure to pump out toxins.

The singer of popular songs "Mama" and "Ayah" (Father) was falsely reported to had passed away on Aug. 11. His family immediately denied these reports, saying that Eddy’s condition was still fine.

A burial ceremony will be held on Saturday at Kampung Kandang cemetery in South Jakarta. (kes)