Romanian-Canadian singer Anca Pop passes away at 34 after car plunges into river

FP Staff

Dec 19, 2018 14:42:21 IST

Romanian police say singer-songwriter Anca Pop has died after her car plunged into the River Danube. She was 34.

Anca Pop. Image via Twitter/@mamaantoni

File image of Anca Pop. Image via Twitter/@mamaantoni

Emergency authorities identified her body after divers found her car late Monday in southwestern Romania. Police said Tuesday they were investigating the death of Pop, who had dual Romanian and Canadian citizenship. The search began when her sister informed the authorities that Pop had failed to make it to their family home on Sunday evening. It's not clear how her car ended up in the river as yet.

Pop's style was a fusion of Balkan and mainstream pop. She had a big following in Japan. She also collaborated with Bosnian musician Goran Bregovic, who has a big following in the region, on his Champagne for Gypsies album. Her sudden death comes just two years after the release of her eponymous album.

In 1987, Pop fled communist Romania with her family, crossing the Danube into then-Yugoslavia where they became political refugees. Months later, they emigrated to Canada. After communism ended, she returned to Romania.

She is survived by her parents and sister.

(With inputs from The Associated Press)

Updated Date: Dec 19, 2018 14:42:21 IST