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Mar 21, 2024

On the evening of March 20th, Iranian legendary pop artist, Faramarz Aslani, passed away at the age of 69 due to cancer.

On March 3, 2024, Faramarz Aslani announced on his Instagram page that he had been diagnosed with cancer and had to undergo treatment in the new year. He died of cancer at a hospital in Maryland, U.S, on March 20, 2024, at the age of 69.

Faramarz Aslani was born in Tehran, Iran. He was a graduate of London University's College of Journalism and wrote for several Persian and English publications since his graduation in the early 1970s. Upon returning to his native country, he worked for one of two English dailies, Tehran Journal until he was spotted by the President of CBS, in Tehran.

His first album, Occupation of The Heart, recorded for CBS in 1977, has remained on the best-sellers chart since its debut. He also recorded a second album, Hafez, a Memorandum, for the same company. In this album, he wrote music to eight poems of Hafez, Iran's, most famous poet and mystic.

After the 1979 revolution in Iran, he took his family back to England, where he worked both as a journalist and a musician. Faramarz had two daughters, Phaedra and Roxana, who are both successful artists, from his previous marriage. Their latest album has been a hit in the United Kingdom.

His first tour of the United States began in 1992 when he opened at the Shrine Auditorium and was received by an eager and excited audience. About his latest album, he said: "these songs are the addition of all the sweet and bitter memories of my life."

In 2010, Faramarz released his first album since 1999 titled The Third Line (Khatte Sevvom), in his first collaboration with independent record label Bamahang Productions. He lived in the United States.

In his second album, Hafez, A Memorandum, he wrote music based on eight poems of Hafez, Iran's most famous classical poet. In his last years, he released two albums, Rouza ye Taraneh o Andouh (Days of Song and Sorrow) and Khatt-e Sevvom (The Third Line).

He also collaborated with several other Iranian artists, on various albums. Rumi, The Beloved Is Here, was a collaboration with Dariush Eghbali and Ramesh. That album is an ode to the great poet and mystic, Rumi.

Aslani also featured on Shahrzad Sepanlou's album, Yealbum he (One Day) in the song "Maa" (Us).

In 2011, Dariush Eghbali and Faramarz Aslani came together again to sing a duet, "Divar" (Wall), as they began their year-and-a-half duet world tour, called The Legends Concert; which took them to 28 cities, from the Far East to the Middle East, to Europe and North America. He was a judge on Persian Talent Show.

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