Renowned Boney M Founder Frank Farian Passes Away at 82

by Patria

Frank Farian, the legendary German singer and record producer best known for founding Boney M and producing hits like ‘Rasputin’ and ‘Daddy Cool,’ has peacefully passed away at the age of 82 in his Miami, Florida home.

Farian’s death follows a two-year period during which he underwent a life-saving procedure, receiving a pig heart valve. In a 2022 interview with Bild, he expressed gratitude for the successful treatment, revealing that Mick Jagger had received the same heart valve. Farian, known for his wit, humorously stated, “I have a good pig in me! And I’m very grateful for that.”

Despite his initial positive outlook, Farian’s health deteriorated, leading to mobility challenges and additional respiratory support. His ex-partner, Ingrid ‘Milli’ Segieth, shared insights into his final days, noting his physical weakness but emphasized his continued energy and dedication to creating music.

Farian’s illustrious career spanned over six decades, during which he sold more than 850 million records. Beyond his involvement with Boney M, he founded the Latin pop band No Mercy and the pop band Milli Vanilli. However, the latter group faced controversy and legal issues when they lip-synced at the Grammy Awards in 1990.

Known for collaborating with artists like Meat Loaf and Stevie Wonder, Farian also initiated the supergroup Far Corporation, whose cover of Led Zeppelin’s ‘Stairway to Heaven’ reached number 8 in the UK in October 1985. The music world mourns the loss of a prolific and influential figure, leaving behind a legacy that resonates across genres and generations.

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