The Bulgaria 2010 Review: Obituaries
One of the most famous Bulgarian actors and directors, Nikola Rudarov, died in March at the age of 82. He was the director of six movies and played in thirty. His most memorable film role is that of mathematics teacher Baramov in the cult 1980s movie "Vchera" ("Yesterday").
Another respected actor and comedian, Ivan Balsamadzhiev, died at the age of 57 in April. Balsamadzhiev had over 70 parts in theater plays around the country. He starred in four Bulgarian feature films.
In May, Heny Berler, a long-time media correspondent passed away in Israel at the age of 50. She worked for years as a correspondent of the Bulgarian National Radio, BNR, and Television, BNT.
The head of the Bulgarian National Film Archive and renowned movie director, Plamen Maslarov, died in June at the age of 60.He made over 50 documentary and 20 feature films, and participated in many TV productions as a screenwriter, director and producer.
The renowned Bulgarian writer Doncho Tsonchev died at the age of 77 in July. Tsonchev was the author of 60 books, including novels, short stories, and pamphlets, 4 movie scripts, and 5 plays. His works have been translated into 28 languages.
Stefka Sabotinova, celebrated and universally loved Bulgarian folk singer, passed away at the age of 80 in July. For many years, Sabotinova was part of Bulgaria's premier folk ensemble Filip Koutev, in which she gained worldwide recognition. She participated also in the internationally renowned Bulgarian State Television Female Vocal Choir, better known abroad as "The Mystery of Bulgarian Voices."
One of Bulgaria's most renowned scholars, philosopher and specialist in aesthetics Isaac Passy, died at the age of 82in August. He is a legend in philosophy in Bulgaria. As a professor of aesthetics, philosophy, and cultural studies, he taught at the Philosophy Department of Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski. Passy was the author of over 30 scholarly works. He was the father of Bulgaria's former Foreign Minister Solomon Passy (in office 2001-2005).
Dr. Zhelyazko Hristov, President of Bulgaria's labor union Confederation of Bulgarian Independent Syndicates, KNSB, passed away in September. In 1990, Hristov became the KNSB Deputy Chair and dedicated his life to the Bulgarian labor unions. He was first elected KNSB President in 1997, and reelected in 2001 and 2007.
Prominent Bulgarian violinist virtuoso, Vladimir Vladigerov, passed away suddenly at the age of 56 in November. He was the nephew of one of the greatest Bulgarian composers, Pancho Vladigerov.
Prominent Bulgarian actor, Andrey Batashov passed away at the age of 45 in November. Batashov was most popular for his one-person show "Sex, Drugs and Rock'n'Roll," which he staged more than 500 times. He had over 40 drama and movie roles in Bulgarian and foreign films.
At the end of December, Bulgarian musician Vili Kavaldzhiev died at the age of 65, after a long illness.