Frank Farian: Boney M founder dies aged 82on January 23, 2024 at 2:00 pm

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The German producer was behind a string of hits including Daddy Cool, Rasputin and Mary’s Boy Child.

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German music producer Frank Farian – founder of the disco band Boney M – has died at the age of 82, according to his family.

They released a statement on Tuesday via Farian’s agency saying he had passed away at his home in Miami.

Boney M, which formed in 1976, had a string of hit singles including Daddy Cool, Rasputin and Mary’s Boy Child.

Farian also went on to found the duo Milli Vanilli, who were involved in a lip-synching controversy.

He was born Franz Reuther in 1941 in Kirn, south-western Germany, and trained as a chef while also pursuing a musical career – first as a singer and then as a producer.

He also worked with the likes of Meat Loaf and Stevie Wonder and is reported to have sold an estimated 800 million records worldwide.

In 1990, Farian was embroiled in a scandal surrounding Milli Vanilli when he confessed they had not sung on their records.

The duo – who scored a clutch of hits in the late 1980s – later had their Grammy Award for best new artist revoked.

In 2022, Farian revealed he had undergone heart surgery and had a pig heart valve inserted, which he said saved his life.

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