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Soviet-Era Russian Rock Musician Kris Kelmi Dies At 63

Kris Kelmi was popular in the Soviet Union in the 1980s.

A well-known Soviet-era Russian rock musician and composer, Kris Kelmi, has died at the age of 63, reports say.

Russian media say the once-popular musician died in his home outside Moscow late on January 1.

There was no official information about the cause of his death.

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Kelmi, whose real name was Anatoly Kelmi, had had problems with alcohol in recent years, according to the reports.

Kelmi became known in the 1980s as a member of the popular rock groups The Leap Summer, Autograph, and Rock Atelier.

Many of his songs -- including A Night Rendezvous, Closing The Ring, and The Tired Taxi -- were popular across the Soviet Union in the mid-1980s.

Based on reporting by REN TV, StarHit, and RIA Novosti