Published Dec 18, 2018Romanian-Canadian artist Anca Pop has died after her car plunged into the Danube River in southwestern Romania, authorities have confirmed. She was 34.
Officials identified her body after divers found her submerged car late Monday (December 17), the Associated Press reports. Police said they are now investigating the death of the singer-songwriter, who had dual Romanian and Canadian citizenship.
In 1987, Pop fled communist Romania with her family, eventually emigrating to Canada. When communist rule ended, she later returned to her homeland.
Through blending Balkan and mainstream pop, Pop rose to fame both in Romania, as well as overseas and especially in Japan. She notably collaborated with Bosnian musician Goran Bregovic on his Champagne for Gypsies album in 2012.
Pop made headlines earlier this year in Romania when the singer revealed she was in a same-sex relationship — something that is still considered taboo in the largely conservative mainstream of her homeland.
As of yet, further details of Pop's sudden death are unclear, but no other people were reportedly found inside the car.