05 August 2009
Rising star Mbah Surip dies
Singer Urip Ariyanto died of what is suspected to have been a heart attack on Tuesday, only a few months after his phenomenal rise to stardom.
An assistant to Urip, who was more commonly known as Mbah (Grandpa) Surip, told kompas.com that the 70-year-old reggae singer fainted on Sunday evening after arriving from Yogyakarta for a concert.
"Mbah Surip died after drinking iced water. It seems that the iced drink triggered his illness, causing him to suffer a stomachache and a fever," Farid explained.
Previously a street singer, Urip ammassed a total of Rp. 4.5 billion in royalties from cellular phone providers, which have been selling his hit single Tak Gendong (I carry you on my back) as a ringtone. He had traveled across the country for concerts.
His body is currently at a police hospital in Kramat Jati, East Jakarta.
Jakarta Post, RCTI