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Probe Launched Into Death Of Russian Rapper 'Detsl'

Detsl is slang in Russian for "short one."

Russian officials said an investigation has been launched into the death of well-known hip hop artist Detsl.

One of Russia's first rappers, Kirill "Detsl" Tolmatsky, 35, reportedly died early on February 3 of a heart attack after performing in Izhevsk, the capital of Udmurtia.

"The investigators are examining the scene of the incident, forensic tests will be carried out," a spokesman for Udmurtia's Investigative Committee said.

Detsl -- which is slang in Russian for "short one" -- debuted in 2000 with the rap album Who Are You? It sold more than 1 million copies. His second album Street Fighter, was released in 2001.

Detsl won several awards, including the Golden Gramophone Award (2001), Muz-TV, and MTV Music Awards.

His death was first reported by his fan club on the Russian social-media network VKontakte. His father, music producer Aleksandr Tolmatsky, confirmed on Facebook that his son had died.

Based on reporting by TASS and Interfax