Jiří Schelinger (1977)
|Born||6 March 1951|
|Died||13 April 1981 (aged 30)|
|Genres||Pop rock, hard rock|
Jiří Schelinger (6 March 1951 – 13 April 1981) was a Czech rock singer. He was born in a small village called Bousov to music teacher (father) and florist (mother). He had a younger brother Milan Schelinger, who was also musician. His first band was called Nothing But Nothing and in later years he played in various other groups. His first full-length solo album Báječní muži was released in 1976. In 1981, after all night drinking with local musicians and artists after his concert, he accepted a bet to jump from a Starý most in Bratislava and never surfaced back. He was inducted into Beatová síň slávy in 2004.
Conspiration about death
His death was not quite solved. There are speculations, that this could be a premeditated murder concocted by State Security, Schelinger's attempt to emigrate, live in seclusion and suicide. There are also speculations, that former State Security tried to solve the case quickly and the body of Jiří Schelinger was not his. This theory is supported by singer's brother Milan, who recently got the autopsy report, where singer's body was described different. The identity of the body was never confirmed by any family member or Schelinger's acquaintance. The conclusion that it is the body of the singer, was made based on his dental card.
On the sixtieth anniversary of his birth (and the thirtieth anniversary of his death) in March 2011 at his home in Prague, where he lived in his early childhood (Čestmírova 18, Praha 4 Nusle #266) was revealed his bust with memorial plaque.
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