KUALA LUMPUR: Legendary Indonesian singer Bob Tutupoly has died at a hospital in Jakarta today after suffering from long-term illness. He was 82.
The passing of the crooner of the evergreen song Widuri was confirmed by his son Erick to CNN Indonesia.
His widow, Rosmayasuti Nasution was also quoted in other news reports as saying: "Our beloved husband, father, grandfather and uncle, Bob Tutupoly has returned to his Creator."
The singer who was born in Surabaya on Nov 13, 1939, began singing professionally in 1965 in a group called Pattie Bersaudara.
In 1969, Bob went to the United States to become the publicist for Restoran Ramayana, a restaurant owned by the Indonesian oil and gas company Pertamina, located in New York.
It was after his return to his home country in 1977 that he became popular with Widuri, a song composed by Slamet Adriyadi.