Popular Greek singer Vasilis Karras died on Sunday at the age of 70. The well-known bass-voiced performer passed away just after 5 p.m. while undergoing cancer-related treatment and fighting Covid-19 at a Thessaloniki hospital.

According to reports, Karras was admitted to the hospital two days ago, diagnosed with both Covid-19 and suffering from the long-standing illness. He had been repeatedly hospitalized over recent years and had retired from performing.

He first took to the stage at the tender age of 16 in a club in west Thessaloniki’s working-class Evosmos district, while training as a car mechanic in the day.

Many of his albums and CDs went on to become gold and platinum in the Greek market, with his best-selling work selling more than 180,000 copies.