Tragic Sunday: Pop singer dies in car wreck

Music fans in Armenia were shocked today to learn of the death of popular singer Varduhi Vardanyan. The 30-year old pop star died in a car accident Sunday.

The singer was returning to Yerevan, following a concert in Martuni when the BMW-520 she was driving spun from the road and turned upside down near the village of Getap.

According to a police report, Vardanyan died at once from a head injury. Her traveling companions, actor Armen Khachatryan and music video director Yeghishe Verdyan were hospitalized with serious injuries.

By some accounts, Vardanyan called her friend, singer Goga, moments after the accident and asked her to care for her young child. (ArmeniaNow was unable to confirm that report, as friends of the singer said they were too distraught to comment.)

“It was very cruel. At first I couldn’t believe, that Varduhi wasn’t alive anymore,” the singer’s friend Anita Hakhverdyan told ArmeniaNow.

Hakhverdyan, a presenter at the State Theater of Song, said Vardanyan had been on a busy schedule. “She was in a constant bustle, was at the new program shooting in the morning, then had to leave for Alaverdi and the next day to Martuni for concerts. We asked her: ‘Don’t you pity yourself?’ She said: ‘I promised’.” Hakhverdyan said.

Varduhi Vardanyan was known for her singing, but also as easy-going and sociable. She was married and had an 8-year old son.

During a 12 year career, she had become an Armenian favorite, and had won 8 awards at international competitions.