Singer Shmulik Kraus dies from swine flu at 77

Famous Israeli musician passes away at Tel Aviv's Souraksy Medical Center, leaves behind a life partner and 3 children.

February 18, 2013 00:33
Shmulik Kraus

Shmulik Kraus 370. (photo credit: Wikimedia Commons)


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Singer Shmulik Kraus died on Sunday at the age of 77.

Kraus was 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.

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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 Katz.

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.

Kraus suffered from ill health in recent years and his situation deteriorated rapidly after contracting the virus.

He leaves behind a life partner and three children.

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