According to the Russian International News Agency, Eduard Khil has died today after complications from a stroke he suffered in late May. The 77-year old Russian singer enjoyed a career spanning several decades, but rose to international prominence again in 2010 after his song ”I Am Glad, ‘Cause I’m Finally Returning Back Home” made the rounds of these great wide interwebs. You may not recognize the man or the song, but does “trolololololololololo” sound familiar?
Perhaps the person most surprised by his suddenly being thrust back into the spotlight a few years ago was Khil himself. However, in interviews he did not seem bitter — more bewildered than anything. When asked if he felt like people were mocking him, he said:
“It’s love of people. They are full of feeling. I don’t think that’s a parody. Maybe some elements of parody, but it is benevolent parody.”
Farewell, Eduard Khil. You made the Internet a better place.