Mr. Trololo is dead. Eduard Khil who is responsible for entertaining millions of people as a viral sensation, has died at the age of 77 due to complications from a stroke. News of his death is trending on Twitter and this happy happy song lives on in our hearts.
I rarely laugh outloud at youtube videos, but Mr. Eduard Khil is responsible for me having fits of crying, sputtering laughter for hours after seeing Trololo for the first time with some friends (it was the ten hour version someone had looped on youtube so you could enjoy him for hours!).
Khil was born and raised in Russia and although he enjoyed success in his country throughout his life as a singer, he was never internationally known until February 2010 when someone posted this famous video on youtube (now seeing over 1 million hits), thus becoming known as Mr. Trololo (the distinctive vocal sounds he makes instead of lyrics).
What did Eduard think of all the fuss? Khil’s son was quoted as saying:
“He thinks maybe someone is trying to make a fool of him,” and “He keeps asking, ‘Where were all these journalists 40 years ago?’
There are some memorable Trololo spoofs. The two best in our opinion are Christophe Walz spoofing Eduard Khil on Jimmy Kimmel (below) and Family Guy with a brilliant hommage to the Trololo song. Farewell Mr. Trololo, you made us laugh until we cried! The Viral Sensation Lives On in our Hearts.