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Singer Didi Kempot dies at 53

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The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Tue, May 5, 2020  /  10:00 am
Singer Didi Kempot dies at 53

Didi Kempot poses with fans at the 20th anniversary celebration of the National Awakening Party (PKB) in Senayan, Central Jakarta, on Oct. 31, 2019. (JP/Dhoni Setiawan)

Singer Didi Kempot passed away in Surakarta, Central Java, on Tuesday morning. 

According to, Didi had been taken to Kasih Ibu Hospital in an unconscious state.

Read also: Didi Kempot's sad Javanese songs strike a chord with younger generations

“[He] was [already] unconscious upon arrival [at the hospital],” said Divan Fernandez, the hospital's public relations assistant. 

Born in Surakarta in 1966, Didi became a renowned singer of the campur sari (a blend of Javanese and modern music) genre. He is often referred to as the “Godfather of Broken Hearts” for performing songs that are relatable to his fans’ sad love stories.

Didi recently helped raise Rp 5.3 billion (US$335,000) to help those who had lost their jobs due to the COVID-19 pandemic through a concert staged at the historic Lokananta music studio in Surakarta and aired on KOMPAS TV and the Kompas website on April 11. (wir/kes)

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