"Eduard Khil, a Russian singer better known as "Mr. Trololo," died on Monday from complications of a stroke. He was 77. Khil was hospitalized last month in St. Petersburg following a stroke that left him with severe brain damage, according to the Associated Press.
A popular but fading Soviet singing star, Khil rocketed to global stardom in 2010 when a Cold War-era video of his performance of Arkady Ostrovsky's 1966 "I Am Glad, 'Cause I'm Finally Returning Back Home"—with Khil singing "trololo" instead of censored lyrics—became an Internet sensation.
The original lyrics—about an American cowboy riding across a prairie—didn't sit well with Soviet censors, so Khil changed them in the quirky, vocalized version.
The popularity of the 1976 video—which has garnered more than 14 million views on YouTube—led to an international tour for Khil, and inspired numerous parodies."
The Internet shall never forget.