How did this happen without my knowledge?! Eduard Khil (Mr. Trololo) died last June from complications related to a prior stroke.
I just found out about his passing today, and seriously, I’m not being facetious: this makes me sad. I didn’t know him, but the viral video of him singing that pop song vocalise (featured below) cheered me up at a very low point in my life. Experiencing some thyroid-related health complications at the time, I watched this video probably 50+ times during the summer of 2010. Each view made me laugh, helped to keep my spirits up during that time.
In case you’ve been in your batcave, here is a clip from the above-mentioned video:
His work spawned this indescribably nerdy reappropriation:
This awesome one:
And finally, this much less-funny one:
This is my belated tribute to Mr. Khil: Thank you for the laughter you brought to me and to millions of others. Although this effect was unintentional, your singing and your facial expressions and your gestures gave joy to all of us. And even if you didn’t know it, you interacted with pop culture in a way that most tweensters only wish they could. Rest in peace, our viral friend.
Previously from Laura Creel:
♦ A Beatles’ Album Cover Gives Us Pause
♦ Found Canaletto = Treasure Story Surprise!
♦ “Your video sucks, US Magazine”
♦ Jantzen Diving Girl Gets the Skinny on Herself
♦ Letter to My Ex