“King of Rabiz” Dies: Heart attack claims Aram Asatryan during celebration

Aram Asatryan
Singer Aram Asatryan, widely known as the “King of Armenian rabiz”, and favored pop singer died suddenly of a heart attack in the village of Oshakan Tuesday night.

Asatryan, 53, collapsed during a baptism celebration in which he was participating as “godfather” in the ceremony. He was said to have been in high spirits, calling on guests to have fun, then passed out at the feast table.

He was rushed to Echmiadzin City Hospital. Head of the resuscitation division of the hospital Melikset Kondyan told ArmeniaNow that the singer was dead on arrival.

Asatryan was born in Echmiadzin and lived there most of his life, before moving to the United States a few years ago. Many in Echmiadzin say the singer was ordered to leave the country, after an altercation with the town’s strongman General Manvel Grigoryan.

The singer’s son died in a car crash last year in the States.

Asatryan came to Armenia a few days ago and intended to leave on concert tours to Russia and Europe. He had recorded 22 CDs and was a three-time Armenian Music Award winner. He founded Star Records Studio in Los Angeles, and in 2003, Asatryan received the “Gusan” Prize from the Armenian Ministry of Culture.