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    Bobby Farrell, the only male member of the disco group Boney M, died aged 61 in a hotel of Russia's second largest city, St. Petersburg, a spokesman for the city's investigation department said on Thursday.

    Bobby Farrell, the only male member of the disco group Boney M, died aged 61 in a hotel of Russia's second largest city, St. Petersburg, a spokesman for the city's investigation department said on Thursday.

    "A probe [into his death] is underway," the source said without elaborating.

    The website of City Concert entertainment agency said Farrell and Boney M were to perform two shows in St. Petersburg on December 28 and 29, but their location was not disclosed. Russian media reported that the band was to perform at a private party.

    A Russian tabloid, Life News, said Farrell felt ill after a conflict during his show, and died of a heart attack.

    A source close to the organizers said Farrell's long-time co-performer, Liz Mitchell, was in tears over his death. Mitchell's husband, Thomas, who is with his wife and the rest of the group in St. Petersburg, could not be reached by telephone to confirm the cause of the dancer's death.

    The Dutch consulate in St. Petersburg said it was informed of its citizen's death, but received no official notification from Russian authorities.

    Boney M, popular in late 70s, was the favorite ensemble of disco fan Leonid Brezhnev and still enjoys great popularity in Russia.

    ST. PETERSBURG, December 30 (RIA Novosti)

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