Updated: July 7, 2012 8:24AM
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia — Eduard Khil was a beloved Soviet crooner who won sudden international stardom two years ago when a 1976 video of him singing “trololo” instead of the song’s censored words became an Internet hit.
Mr. Khil, known as Mr. Trololo, died Monday at age 77. He had been hospitalized since a stroke in April.
Mr. Khil was a top Soviet performer during the 1960s and the 1970s. In 2010, a video of him performing “I Am Glad, ’Cause I’m Finally Returning Back Home” in 1976 was uploaded onto YouTube and quickly got more than 2 million hits. The original lyrics were about a cowboy riding across a prairie while his sweetheart knitted stockings for him, a sentimental view of America that didn’t sit well with censors. His change of words came out sounding like “Trololo.” A P