Singer and Israel Prize winner Yaffa Yarkoni, popularly known as "the war singer," passed away in Tel Aviv Sunday at the age of 86. Yarkoni had been battling Alzheimers in recent years.
Yarkoni became known as "the war singer" because of her regular and numerous performances for active IDF troops, beginning with her own service in the Givati Brigade during Israel's War of Independence.
Born to immigrants from the Caucuses, Yarkoni was born 1925 in the Tel Aviv area, where at a young age she began performing with her sister at the family's coffee house. She won a number of prizes and awards for her music over the years, and in 1988 won the Israel Prize .