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Singer Habib Mohebian Dies

Singer Habib Mohebian DiesSinger Habib Mohebian Dies

The veteran Iranian singer-songwriter Habib Mohebian, commonly known as Habib, died of cardiac arrest on Friday, in the northern resort city of Ramsar, Mazandaran Province.

Habib, 63, had a history of cardiovascular ailment and had undergone open-heart surgery earlier, IRNA reported.

Born in Tehran, Habib started learning music and playing the guitar in high school. He released his first two albums in 1977 and 1978 in Iran. After the 1979 Islamic Revolution, he stayed in Iran for three years and then moved to the US in 1982. From 1984 to 2008, he released 12 albums in the US.

He decided to come back to Iran in 2009. In a letter to the president of the time Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, he asked for permission to return home.

With the president’s approval and on the stipulation that he complies with certain conditions, Habib returned to Iran and his family. He settled in Ramsar where he stayed until his death.

In Iran, he had requested for permission to release an album and hold a concert in Tehran. However, his attempts did not bear fruit and permission was not granted by the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance.

Habib had many hit songs and pieces like ‘Mother’ and ‘Lonely Man of Night’ are very popular with Iranians.

In 2014, he published the book ‘Lonely Man of Night’ which contained his complete discography through years.