Dutch singer and actor Ramses Shaffy has died of cancer of the oesophagus at the age of 76, his manager said on Tuesday.
Shaffy was born near Paris in 1933. His Egyptian diplomat father and Polish noble mother separated before he was born and he was adopted by a Dutch family at a young age. He became popular during the 1960s and made a theatre comeback from alcoholism in the early 1990s, playing Don Quichotte in the musical The Man of la Mancha.
His most famous songs include Zing, vecht, huil, bid, lach, werk en bewonder (Sing, fight, cry, pray, laugh, work and admire), We zullen doorgaan (We will go on), and Laat me (Leave me be). He frequently collaborated with Dutch singer Liesbeth List.
His website describes Shaffy as ‘a Dutch-Franco-Polish-Russian-Egyptian mixture of Tom Waits and Frank Sinatra’.
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