Skopje, Socialist Republic of Macedonia.
16 December 2006 (aged 59)
Goce Nikolovski or Гоце Николовски (1947 – 16 December 2006) was a famous Macedonian singer, known for his hit "Biser Balkanski" ("Pearl Of The Balkans").
Nikolovski was born in Skopje, Socialist Republic of Macedonia in 1947. His popularity peaked in 1990, when his song "Biser Balkanski" won 1st prize at the Folk Fest Valandovo 1990 Song Festival, an annual competition in which singers from the former Yugoslavia competed to find the best song.
The song became an instant classic in the Republic of Macedonia, even becoming somewhat of an anthem to a nation just starting off after its breakup from Yugoslavia. Nikolovski was also given the nickname "Biser Balkanski" following the song.
Throughout the 1990s, Nikolovski went on to release several other hits, but none would measure up to the success that he found with "Biser Balkanski". In 1992, Nikolovski took part in the Canberra '92 Festival, a concert similar to the annual Valandovo song festival, with the song "Od Majka Nema Pomila".
Nikolovski's popularity declined as time progressed, and by the start of the 21st century, he had virtually disappeared from the public eye.
On 16 December 2006, Nikolovski's neighbours heard a gunshot coming from the home of the singer at around 10:00 pm local time. At around 3:00 am the following morning, Police arrived at Nikolovski's house which was locked from the inside and found the 59-year-old singer dead in his home, he had committed suicide with a gunshot to the head. It has since been confirmed that Nikolovski was alone at the time.
Nikolovski was found with a wound to the head. His gun was found nearby, as well as a suicide note that was written to his family. Police ruled out any suspicious activity.