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Jakarta Post

Fans mourn the death of `Mbah' Surip

  • Erwida Maulia


Jakarta   /   Wed, August 5 2009   /  12:45 pm

Phenomenal Indonesian reggae singer Urip Ariyanto, better known as Mbah (elder) Surip, died at 60 on Tuesday, just a few months after his sensational rise to fame. Thousands of Indonesians mourned the death of the eccentric musician, while dignitaries and politicians offered their condolences. Urip died of a suspected heart attack, according to a team of doctors treating him at Pusdikkes Hospital in East Jakarta. One of the doctors, Satyaningtyas, was quoted by as saying they found an obstruction in his coronary tract, leading to "strong suspicion he had died from a heart attack". Urip had died on his way to hospital, she said. Before his death, Urip spent Monday night at the house of a friend, comedian Mamiek Prakosa, who said the singer had asked to stay a while at his house because he was tired and needed to rest. "It is very crowded at my pl...