December 30, 2010 16:57

Boney M's Bobby Farrell dies aged 61

Frontman died during his sleep whilst on tour in Russia

Boney M's Bobby Farrell dies aged 61

Photo: PA

Boney M's Bobby Farrell has died at the age of 61.

The singer, who was on tour in Russia, was found dead in his hotel bed earlier today (December 30).

The frontman, who was born Roberto Alfonso Farrell, had played in St. Petersburg yesterday (December 29).

His agent John Seine has said that the singer had complained about breathing problems before and after his show, reports

As a group Boney M had a number of hits including versions of 'Brown Girl In The Ring', 'Mary's Boychild' and 'By The Rivers Of Babylon', with the latter selling nearly 2 million singles in UK in 1978.

The group split in 1986, although Farrell continued to play under the name with various female backing singers.

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