WALL – Belgian rock singer Arnold Hintjens, nicknamed “Arno”, has died at the age of 72. Arno was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in February 2020.
“We will all miss him but he will always be in our hearts thanks to the music that kept him alive,” the singer’s manager Filip De Groote said in a statement.
Born on May 21, 1949 in the Flemish coastal town of Ostend, Arno joined the TC Matic group in the 1980s.
“A NATIONAL MONUMENT TO BELGIUM”
However, he became famous for his solo work. He became widely known with his song “Les Yeux de ma mere”. “He was a great singer and poet. It was a national monument for Belgium,” said Boris Vedel, director of the Printemps de Bourges music festival. Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo also shared the message “rest in peace Arno” with Arno on social media.
In an interview with France 24, Arno said: “I had a wonderful life. Thanks to music I have traveled the world and enjoyed it. I will take this happiness with me, thank you life.”
Arno’s most famous songs include “Oh la la la!”, “Je ne veux pas etre grande”, “Comme a Ostend”; “Mon Sissoyen” can be considered as “Give me the gift”. (CULTURE ART SERVICE)