Singer Shmulik Kraus died on Sunday at the age of 77.
hospitalized at the Ichilov Hospital at Tel Aviv’s Sourasky Medical Center less
than two weeks ago and was diagnosed with swine flu. The hospital announced his
passing late Sunday evening.
Kraus was born in Jerusalem in
1935. He began his musical career in the 1950s. In the late 1960s, he was
a member of iconic Israeli band Hahalonot Hagvohim (The High Windows) and the
“Lool Clan.” In Hahalonot Hagvohim, Kraus performed alongside his wife, Josie
Kraus later made a record under his and Katz’s name, along with
several solo albums.
Prone to occasional violent outbursts, at one point
he was even admitted temporarily to a mental institution.
from ill health in recent years and his situation deteriorated rapidly after
contracting the virus.
He leaves behind a life partner and three