Boney M's Bobby Farrell Dies

Disco pioneer known for the hits 'Rivers of Babylon' and 'Ma Baker' died Thurs. after performing in St. Petersburg.

Boney M frontman Bobby Farrell died Thursday in his hotel room in Russia, Reuters reports.

The 61-year-old performer was famous for dancing and lip-synching for the European disco band that gained popularity in the late '70s with the global hits "Rivers of Babylon," "Ma Baker" and "Rasputin."

"He did a show last night (in St. Petersburg) as part of Bobby Farrell's Boney M and they found him this morning dead in his hotel room," Farrell's agent John Seine told Reuters. "He did not feel well last night, and was having problems with his breathing, but he did the show anyway."

The cause of his death was not disclosed.