Soviet and Russian singer Iosif Kobzon died


August 30, Fineko/abc.az. First Deputy Chairman of the Committee on Culture and People's Artist of the USSR Iosif Kobzon has died in Moscow on 81st year of life.

In 2005, Kobzon was diagnosed with cancer.

On 20 July the singer was hospitalized in serious condition. He underwent several operations and chemotherapy courses. On 27 July Kobzon was connected to lung ventilation.

Iosif Kobzon was born on 11 September 1937 in Ukraine in the mining town of Chasiv Yar, in the Donetsk region of Ukraine. He began to sing since his early childhood. At the age of nine years Kobzon performe song "Flying Birds" at the concert in the Kremlin before General Secretary of the CPSU Joseph Stalin.

Iosif Kobzon was awarded the Honorary Diploma of the President of Azerbaijan, the Order of Glory and the Order of Dostlug (Friendship) for great services in the development of cultural relationships between Russia and Azerbaijan.