(JNS.org) Legendary Israeli singer Arik Einstein died Tuesday at 74 after being admitted to the Sourasky Medical Center in Tel Aviv, suffering a hemorrhage in a major heart artery.
“We operated on him, but his condition was too difficult for us to save him,” said Prof. Gabi Barbash, director of the Sourasky Medical Center, according to the Jerusalem Post.
Einstein is considered one of the greatest Israeli rock musicians. Among his most famous songs are “Ani Ve’ata” (Me and You), “Sa Le’at” (Drive Slowly), “Yesh Li Ahava” (I Have Love).
“We all grew up on his songs. You said, ‘Arik Einstein,’ and you said, ‘the Land of Israel.’ He was a wonderful singer and a wonderful person,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a statement.
“We are sad to hear about Arik Einstein’s death and send our condolences to his family, friends, fans, and to all Israelis. Einstein is an Israeli cultural legend and probably the greatest Israeli singer of all time, and we’re sure that every Israeli who lives in the U.S. today shares in the sadness of his passing. A major icon of Israeli culture has left us, but his memory and songs will stay with us forever,” Shawn Evenhaim, Chairman of the Israeli-American Council, said in a statement.