Vader Abraham is dead, the Smurfs are in mourning.

Pierre Kartner has died The controversial singer died at the age of 87. Kartner became world famous as Vader Abraham in the late 1970s with “Smurf Song”.

Dutch singer Pierre Kartner has died at the age of 87, as just reported by the newspaper “Bild”.

Pierre Kartner, better known as Vader Abraham, has lived a solitary life for the past two years. He no longer performed or appeared in public.

Kartner was best known to the public for “The Smurf Song”. Before that, he had to wait quite a long time before achieving commercial success as a singer.

Pierre Kartner wrote Peter Alexander’s greatest hit

After his marriage, he ran a concession stand with his wife before working in a candy factory.

Thanks to his later work at a record company, the father of his son had the opportunity to write and sing his own songs. But it wasn’t until he was 40 that he made his breakthrough as a composer.

In 1976, Pierre Kartner wrote Peter Alexander’s biggest hit “The Little Pub”. He also helped Nana Mouskouri, Heino and Ireen Sheer achieve musical success.

In 1978, as already mentioned, he achieved his biggest commercial success with the song he sang “The Smurfs Song”. More than 25 million records have been sold worldwide.

Right-wing populist and inflammatory songs

But behind the benevolent mask of Father Abraham, there was another, highly controversial side of Kartner: The singer recorded songs with right-wing populist and inflammatory content already in the 1970s.

In 2002, together with the later murdered right-wing extremist politician Pim Fortuyne, he released a satirical song about the then Prime Minister Wim Koko.

The struggling singer continued to earn money from his songs with the Smurfs throughout his life. The song was in demand all over the world. “I’m still very proud today because it’s a real evergreen,” the singer said in a 2013 interview.

Pierre Kartner’s family has not yet released any information about the cause of death. According to “BN DeStem”, his funeral took place this Friday morning.

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