Shmulik Kraus, a True Israeli Rock Star

Alongside Israeli music icons Arik Einstein and Shalom Hanoch, Kraus, who died Sunday at 77, was a key figure in the transition from Israeli folk music to pop and rock that took place in the mid- to late 1960s.

Shmulik Kraus, who died Sunday at the age of 77, was one of the greatest Israeli musical artists of the last half-century. He reportedly passed away at Ichilov Hospital in Tel Aviv a week after being admitted with swine flu. His health is said to have deteriorated in recent years and he was confined to a wheelchair.