Passed away following
concert in Russia.
By Blurt Staff
The BBC is reporting that Roberto “Bobby” Alfonso Farrell,
frontman for ‘70s/’80s disco/pop hitmakers Boney M, has passed away at the age
of 61 from as-yet-undisclosed causes. Farrell’s body was found today, Dec. 30,
in his St. Petersburg, Russia, hotel room; he had
apparently “complained of breathing problems” both prior to and after a show on
While Boney M (“Daddy Cool,” “Rivers of Babylon” and
perennial holiday favorite “Mary’s Boy Child”) broke up in the mid ‘80s, in
recent years Farrell revived the group as Bobby Farrell’s Boney M and toured
regularly. The past decade saw a slew of best-selling Boney M compilation CDs,
and the group frequently cropped up on disco “hits” collections as well.
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