At the age of 78, the co-founder of one of the most successful Hungarian rock bands, Omega, singer and guitarist János Kóbor, died on Monday in Budapest after a short illness.

The band announced this on their Facebook account. The musician was hospitalized on November 9 with an infection of a new type of coronavirus, and after four days he was transferred to the Városmajorská clinic of cardiovascular diseases, where on Monday at the age of 78, he succumbed to COVID-19.

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In an interview with the Ripost.hu news server, Kóbor stated on November 18 that he was not afraid of the disease, he was never sick and he still felt healthy and strong. He emphasized that he had always followed epidemic measures, even if he was prevented from breathing with a veil. Although he could not be vaccinated against covid, he was never opposed to vaccination. He emphasized in the interview that anyone who considered the vaccine could be vaccinated.

The Omega Group was founded in September 1962 and has had significant success outside Hungary. In the 60’s and 70’s she was popular in the former Czechoslovakia, as well as in Poland and then Yugoslavia, and she also gave concerts in England and Germany.

Omega’s most famous hit is the song Gyönghajú lány (Pearl-haired Girl), which was sung in 1995 by the Scorpions group called White Dove.

One Reply to “Omega fans in tears: Hungarian rock legend dies († 78)”

  1. RIP, Janos! Omega is one of my favorite groups for many years. I am from Sofia, Bulgaria, and have been many times to Budapest! Your music will live forever! The voice of Janos will be with us, OMEGA fans!

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