Those We Have Lost

Dor Avitan, 26: Singer-songwriter remembered through his music

Murdered by Hamas terrorists at the Supernova music festival on October 7

Dor Avitan (Courtesy)
Dor Avitan (Courtesy)

Dor Avitan, 26, from Eilat, was murdered by Hamas terrorists at the Supernova music festival on October 7.

He is survived by his parents, Vicky and Avi, and his brothers Ori and Ron. He was buried in Eilat on October 13.

Avitan, a musician and songwriter, auditioned for this season of “Hakochav Haba” (Rising Star), which started filming just a few weeks before the Hamas massacre. At the semi-final, the show played clips of three young singers — including Dor — who auditioned and were later killed.

“Dor’s dream was to be here, that everybody would know him,” his mother, Vicky, said on the show, noting that “I brought him with me,” pointing to a photo of her late son.

His songwriting partner and bandmate, Adam Conri, released a song they had worked on before he was killed, called “Feeling It.”

“Dor Avitan and I wrote and composed this song exactly 3 years ago. We were a duo called DNA,” wrote Conri. “And now, after he got murdered just because he wanted to help a friend to sell jewellery in a music festival and have fun, I decided that he deserves this song to be published, so everyone could hear Dor through his words and vibes.”

His brother, Ron, wrote on Facebook to mark “100 days, 2,400 hours, 144,000 minutes that you are not here.”

“100 days of pain that I can’t explain in words, 2,400 hours of feeling empty and lacking that I never imagined I would feel,” he added. “My brother, I want you to know that forever we will all remember and memorialize you exactly as you were, the most beautiful boy in nursery school with pure blue eyes, the kind of kid every mom wants, always happy with a huge smile, from ear to ear, always playing and singing with enormous talent, a talent which only we and God know about because you didn’t manage to realize it the way you had dreamed.”

Dor’s mother, Vicky, told a local news outlet, “Dor was the happy kid of the family, wherever he would go he would bring light. Funny, happy, sometimes annoying, very unique. Just special,” she said. “He wrote songs, he was a talented musician, he was talented in almost everything… Music was almost his entire life.”

“His biggest dream was to be on stage, on the biggest stages, and to perform, he was a rock star,” she added. “He just loved life in a crazy way — he took life by storm. He would always say, ‘Live life to the fullest, enjoy every moment.'”

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