Bobby Farrell, the frontman of disco legends Boney M, has been found dead in a hotel room in St. Petersburg on the same date and in the same town as Russian monk Rasputin, who was the subject of the band’s 1978 top three single.
The 61-year-old’s body was discovered just hours after a live performance, according to his agent.
“He did a show last night as part of Bobby Farrell’s Boney M and they found him this morning dead in his hotel room,” said his agent John Seine.
“He did not feel well last night, and was having problems with his breathing, but he did the show anyway,” Seine added.
The cause of his death was not immediately clear, according to Sergei Kapitanov, a representative of St. Petersburg’s branch of Russia’s investigative committee.
Boney M - consisting of Farrell, Maisie Williams, Liz Mitchell and Marcia Barrett - were one of the most successful bands of the late 1970, with hits including Daddy Cool, Rivers of Babylon, Rasputin, Brown Girl in the Ring, plus a disco version of Mary’s Boy Child – Oh My Lord.
The band Boney M was put together by German singer-songwriter Frank Farian who also produced most of the vocals for the group. Though the frontman, Bobby Farrell became almost as famous for lip-synching as his outrageous outfits.
The original Boney M band broke up more than 20 years ago but have since reformed in various guises.
(Boney M featuring Maisie Williams performing at World Travel Awards in Durban)
Last year they played at two World Travel Awards regional finals – the Middle East Ceremony and the Africa Ceremony.
Farrell was born on the island of Aruba. He lived in Norway and the Netherlands before moving to Germany.