Popular Israeli musician Shmulik Kraus died Sunday at Ichilov Hospital in Tel Aviv after being admitted there a week ago for a case of swine flu.
Kraus, 77, had suffered from deteriorating health in recent years and was confined to a wheelchair.
Kraus was born in July 1935 in Jerusalem and began his musical career in the 1950s. During the ’60s, Kraus paired up with Josie Katz, who eventually became his longtime musical partner and wife.
Later, Kraus, along with Katz and Israeli musical icon Arik Einstein, formed the influential music group “Ha-Halonot Hagvohim” — “The High Windows” — and composed many well-known Israeli classics. In 2006, he was presented with the Education and Culture Ministry lifetime achievement award.
Aside from his musical career and contribution to Israeli rock, Kraus garnered unfavorable media attention over the years due to a number of violent outbursts.
He is survived by his wife and three children.