Bobby Farrell, the frontman of 1970’s disco band Boney M, died Thursday in his hotel room in St. Petersburg, Russia, at the age of 61.
He was found dead in his room the day after performing a show. The cause of death has not yet been released.
The group was well-received and had plenty of hits in Europe and Russia, but never really crossed over to the U.S.
They sold 80 million albums and their single "Rivers of Babylon"/"Brown Girl in the Ring" (1978) is still the fifth-best-selling British single of all time.
Farrell, born Alfonso Farrell in Aruba on October 6, 1949, was scheduled to perform on New Year’s Eve in Italy.