Composer of Romanian anti-communist hymn dies

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The composer of a song that inspired Romanians in their struggle against vestiges of the communist regime has died. He was 46.

A friend, Teodor Maries, told private Pro-Tv he found Cristian Paturca dead in his apartment Tuesday. Paturca was suffering from tuberculosis and long-term liver problems.

Paturca became one of Romania's most prominent democracy activists when he wrote "Imnul Golanilor" or "The Hooligans' Hymn" in 1990 for anti-government protesters, called "hooligans" by then-President Ion Iliescu. The communist regime of Nicolae Ceausescu had collapsed in 1989 in a revolution where more than 1,300 people died....

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