Oliver Dragojevic, Popular Croatian Singer, Dies at 70


Oliver Dragojevic, one the most popular pop singers in the former Yugosla, has died at 70.

Croatian media say Dragojevic died early Sunday in a hospital in his hometown Split, a city on Croatia’s Adriatic coast. He was diagnosed with lung cancer a year ago.

Dragojevic gained huge following in the former Yugosla with his romantic hits sung in a specific Dalmatian dialect Croatia.

Dragojevic remained popular among former Yugoslavs even after the country broke up in a war in the 1990s. Media throughout the region have reported his death, describing Dragojevic as a “legendary singer.”

Although highly popular in Serbia, he refused to stage concerts there after the bloodshed the 1991-95 Croatian war for independence against the Serb-led Yugoslav army.