The Russian singer Lyudmila Zykina, who was close to North Korean leader Kim Jong-il and his father Kim Il-sung, died of heart attack at the age of 80 last Wednesday. She was buried at Novodevichye cemetery in Moscow on Saturday, Russian daily Komsomolskaya Pravda reported Monday. President Medvedev and Prime Minister Putin sent floral tributes.
In the 43 years of career, Zykina had over 250 hits. The singer performed in Pyongyang six times at the invitation of the Kims. Kim Jong-il was so fond of the Russian singer that he invited her to Pyongyang early last year in hopes that her performance would help him recover from illness. In 2002 when he visited Vladivostok, he even stopped by a souvenir store to buy Zykina's albums, the daily said.