People say goodbye to Nina Matvienko in Kyiv: the line stretches for hundreds of meters. Exclusive photos and videos
On Wednesday, October 11, the National Philharmonic in Kyiv is holding a funeral service for People's Artist of Ukraine, the soul of Ukrainian song Nina Matvienko, who died on October 8 at the age of 75. The line of people wishing to see the legendary singer off stretched for hundreds of meters.
The late star's celebrity colleagues - Sky frontman Oleg Sobchuk, Dmytro Monatik, singer Amador Lopez and others - are also present at the site. The funeral is also attended by the singer's daughter, singer Tonya Matvienko. An OBOZREVATEL photojournalist is at the scene (scroll to the bottom of the page to see photos and videos).
The press conference with the singer's family began at 11:45 a.m. In a statement to the media, Nina Mytrofanivna said that she would like to be remembered as kind, bright, sincere, and grateful. She will be buried at the Zvirynets cemetery.
Ihor Kuryliv, acting director of the Veriovka Choir, paid tribute to the star, calling her a "kind and good" person with her own handwriting in music.
Members of the Veriovka Choir sang over the snow-white coffin, surrounded by milk roses. The media and close friends of the star gathered in the hall.
Nina Matvienko is approached by fans and friends in turn, who say goodbye to the celebrity with tears in their eyes. Tonya Matvienko and her husband Arsen Mirzoyan offer their condolences at the coffin.
Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko also came to say goodbye to the People's Artist of Ukraine and express his sincere condolences to her family. Later, the Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada Ruslan Stefanchuk arrived, and the acting Minister of Culture Rostyslav Karandeyev read out the words of farewell from the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy.
The leader of the Batkivshchyna party, Yulia Tymoshenko, also approached the crowd and spoke to Matvienko's stars and fans.
Fagot remembered Nina Mitrofanovna with pleasant words. He called the star's death a tragedy, and also recalled how the artist loved to experiment and always carried a positive attitude.
"She was always so serious, even categorical, but there were always devils in her eyes and a hint of a smile," the singer said.
Pavlo Zibrov, Vlad Darvin, actors Anatoliy Hnatyuk, Oleksiy Tritenko, Roman Nedzelsky, Oleh Skrypka, Viktor Pavlik, Aurika Rotaru, Serhiy Perman, Yuriy Rybchynsky, and Svitlana Bilonozhko were also seen at the ceremony.
The singer Kamalia admitted that she did not suspect that the artist was ill. In June, they performed together, and in August, Nina Matvienko became worse. The artist said that her senior colleague fought to the last.
Ukrainian soldiers also attended the farewell and honored the star for her musical achievements.
Ukrainian singer Nina Matvienko has died two days before her 76th birthday. Ukrainians admired the artist for her charming voice and deep Ukrainian songs. One of the most popular is the sensual mantra song "Flower-Soul", which will forever be associated with the artist. Read about other songs for which Ukrainians loved the legendary singer here.
Earlier, OBOZREVATEL wrote about the difficult fate of Nina Matvienko: the singer came from a large family, started working at the age of 4, suffered because of her father and wanted to divorce after 50 years of marriage.