Israeli singer Arik Einstein has died at the age of 74. The star passed away in Tel Aviv on Tuesday (26Nov13) after suffering an aortic aneurysm. Reports suggest he collapsed at home and was rushed to the city's Sourasky Medical Center for emergency surgery, but doctors were unable to save him.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has since paid tribute to Einstein, saying, "Arik was the greatest. We all grew up on his songs. You said Arik Einstein, you said Israel. Arik was a wonderful singer and a wonderful person. Israel bids a sad farewell to a cultural giant."
The country's president, Shimon Peres, adds, "His songs are the soundtrack of an entire nation, his voice caressed and embraced the country. He moved the first generations and new alike. He wrote in difficult times and days of elation."
Einstein recorded 44 solo albums during his lengthy career and collaborated with legendary Israeli musicians including as Shalom Hanoch, Miki Gabrielov and Yoni Rechter. His most famous hits include tracks such as Ani Veata (Me and You), Uf Gozal (Fly Little Bird) and Sa Leat (Drive Slow).
He also dabbled in film and TV, appearing in a comedy sketch show called Lool in the 1970s and several movies.
Einstein gave up live performance in the 1980s after he was badly injured in a car accident.