On Wednesday, Moscow said goodbye to composer Alexander Gradsky, who passed away on the night of November 28 at the age of 72. In September, he suffered from COVID-19 and has been feeling unwell since then, but has continued to work.
Farewell to Alexander Gradsky took place in the theater that bears his name, “Gradsky Hall”. Dozens of fans came to the capital’s theater, where the musician worked as artistic director for seven years. In front of the building there was a line of people wishing to pay tribute to the memory of Gradsky.
The actors Lev Leshchenko, Leonid Agutin, Alexander Rosenbaum, Grigory Leps and others also came to parting with their colleague. The eldest children of Gradsky, Maria and Daniil, as well as his widow Marina Kotashenko, were also present at the ceremony.
The coffin with the body of Alexander Gradsky was carried on his last journey to applause, the composer was buried at the Vagankovsky cemetery.
Alexander Gradsky died on November 28 at the age of 72. On November 26, the singer was urgently hospitalized in Moscow. It was noted that the People’s Artist suffered a stroke and was in neuroreanimation.
On December 1, musician Leonid Agutin told Izvestia that Gradsky had often complained of health recently, but it was impossible to force him to take care of himself. Agutin added that during their last meeting, which took place about two weeks ago, Gradsky was “feeling terrible.”
In connection with the death of the artist, Russian President Vladimir Putin sent a telegram of condolences to the singer’s family and friends.
Gradsky was born on November 3, 1949 in the city of Kopeisk, Chelyabinsk region. One of the streets of the singer’s and composer’s hometown was named after him. In 1997 he received the title of Honored Artist of Russia, and two years later he became People’s Artist of the Russian Federation.
In recent years, the composer was a mentor in the TV show “The Voice” on Channel One.