The Russian folk singer who inspired the popular ‘Trololo’ Internet meme is in critical condition after suffering a stroke.
Eduard Khil, 77, was in a coma and on a ventilator at a St. Petersburg hospital after being stricken late last week, Russian state news agency RIA-Novosti reported. Sources said the singer has suffered irreversible brain damage.
In 2010, Khil — who was a legend of Soviet stage and film — was introduced to the rest of the world when a clip of him performing a nearly 50-year-old song titled, “I Am So Happy To Finally Be Back Home,” inexplicably became a top-viewed Youtube clip.
The footage showed Khil sporting a curious bowl hairdo, wandering around a stage emitting a joyous stream of syllables in a bouncy baritone. His distinctive trilling earned him the nickname “Mr. Trololo.” The clip became a fast hit and was soon featured on “The Colbert Report,” and “Jimmy Kimmel Live.”
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