Ethiopian music legend Tilahun died
Ethiopian music legend Tilahun Gessesse died last night at the age of 68.
Tilahun passed away on Sunday night in Addis after returning from the United States to join his families for Easter celebration, it was reported.
When relatives, friends and fellow musicians welcomed him at Bole Airport at 8.30, Tilahun was said to be in fairly good shape. After reaching home, he was enjoying the company of friends and family members who came to welcome him. But few hours after he went to bed, he started complaining about pain in the heart and was taken to hospital almost immediately. He died on the way.
Tilahaun who has been hailed as an immortal legend of Ethiopian music sold millions of albums in a career that spanned five decades. Born in Addis around Temenja Yaz sefer in 1940, Tilahun spent much of his childhood in Wolisso town. He begun singing professionally at Hager Fikir Theatre in 1953 and alter joined Kibur Zebegna music band where he has done most of his hits.
His death prompted waves of tributes from fans, fellow musicians and prominent personalities. Athlete Haile Gebre Selassie described him as a national monument and his death as a serious blow to the nation. Musician Dawit Yifru told Sheger Fm that Tilahun is someone who has accomplished a lot and has a left an everlasting legacy. Sport journalist Demissie Damte said Tilahun was no mere musician, but a figure who instilled in many a love for the country and flag.
All FMs in Addis are playing his songs and re-running old interviews with the singer. People from all parts of the country are calling to express their sorrow. One caller said Black Monday has come true.
Funeral services are planned for Wednesday and public memorial are also planned.