Although Not Lebanese, but Lebanon will miss his very dear long time friend, the famous international singer Demis Roussos. One of the romantic icons of the beautiful days, before people started killing each other in the Arab countries.
Artemios “Demis” Ventouris Roussos was a Greek singer and performer who had international hit records as a solo performer in the 1970s. He was one of the pioneer singers of this beautiful era and was part of the beautiful days of Lebanon.
When I was a child, I used to think that he was Lebanese, as his songs were so famous in Lebanon. Roussos was born and raised in Alexandria, Egypt, in a family where his father George (engineer Yorgos Roussos) was Greek and mother Nelly Mazloum was Egyptian of Italian origin. So maybe it is his Arabic origins that made him closer to our culture, and made him love Lebanon and visit it often.
Demis Roussos died in the morning of 25 January 2015, while hospitalized at Ygeia Hospital in Athens, Greece. His death was confirmed a day later by his friend, the journalist Nikos Aliagas, who tweeted the news on 26 January 2015 in both Greek and French. His death was confirmed later today by his daughter, who spoke to Greek and French media.
Demis Roussos always had a great bond with Lebanon and the Lebanese always loved him. His last concert was in summer 2013 at Ehdineyat, where he insisted on being present despite his advanced illness which forced him to sing while sitting all the time on a chair.
Good bye dear Demis Good bye.