Veteran Columnist, Lyricist Eli Mohar Dies at 58

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Songwriter and journalist Eli Mohar died yesterday at the age of 58, of cancer.

Mohar, considered one of Israel's best songwriters, was best known as the veteran columnist in the Tel Aviv weekly Ha'ir, which published his weekly column "Goings on Around Town."

Mohar was born in Tel Aviv in 1948 to Adina and Yehiel Mohar, a well-known songwriter.

Mohar served in the Israel Defense Forces Nahal paratroopers' Regiment 50 and took part in the Six-Day War, the War of Attrition and the Yom Kippur War.

He wrote for Bemahane, Davar and Ha'ir, and until recently published two regular columns in Ha'ir - "Goings on Around Town" and "Basha'ar," (at the goal post) . A longtime Hapoel Tel Aviv fan, he penned the song "They told him," about the team.

Mohar, who recently moved from Tel Aviv to Azur, was married for the second time and was a father to Sharon and a grandfather of three.

He collaborated with composer Yoni Rechter on two albums, and the two also used to perform together. In the mid-'90s he published a collection of poems.

Mohar's funeral will be held on Sunday.

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