Sole survivor of Indonesian band wiped out in tsunami buries his wife who died while watching him perform
Riefian Fajarsyah, founder of the Indonesian pop band 'Seventeen', posted an emotional tribute to his wife Dylan Sahara, with a video which showed him stroking her coffin.
In an incredibly sad moment, the frontman of an Indonesian pop group, who lost his three other bandmates when their gig was torn apart by a tsunami, buried his wife on Tuesday who had died at the same event while watching him perform onstage.
Riefian Fajarsyah, the founder of the Indonesian pop band Seventeen, posted an emotional tribute to his wife Dylan Sahara on Instagram on Tuesday with a video which showed him stroking her coffin. There was another picture of hers posted by the singer with the caption: "How can I live without you?"
Sahara was reportedly was in a crowd of 200 on Tanjung Lesung beach on Saturday while her husband Fajarsyah's band performed, when all of a sudden, a 20ft wall of water smashed into the crowd around 9.30pm. Tragically enough, the disaster struck one day before Sahara's 26th birthday.
Along with his wife, Fajarsyah also lost bassist M. Awal 'Bani' Purbani, guitarist Herman Sikumbang, road manager Oki Wijaya and another crew member in the natural disaster. The funerals were held on Monday, where the band's drummer, who hasn't yet been named, was also said to have died.
In another online post, Fajarsyah said: "Thank you guys for your prayers. Only God can repay your kindness. Please send prayers for my wife Dylan so she will be at peace." Sahara was the 25-year-old daughter of a well-known Indonesian politician and an actress and TV personality in her own right.
Just before her death, it had been revealed that the young woman was running for a parliament seat in next year's elections. Sahara's body was identified at a hospital late Monday, according to Indonesian media. "(She) was not perfect and neither am I, but she never stopped trying to be the best wife," Fajarsyah said in his emotional online tribute. "I could not ask for more."
Thousands of sympathizers rushed to Fajarsyah's social media accounts on Tuesday, including celebrities and politicians, where they expressed their condolences at the singer's huge loss. "Deepest condolences bro. May you have strength and patience and may your wife be granted the best place alongside God," famous Indonesian singer Judika wrote online.
The 35-year-old singer was the only surviving member of his pop band, which has released a half dozen albums and commands a huge fan base in Indonesia. The powerful, volcano-triggered tsunami reportedly swept up the band's concert venue, along with other popular beaches on southern Sumatra and the western tip of Java and inundated tourist hotels and coastal settlements.