Singer Anca Pop passes away at 34 after her car plunged into the Danube in Romania
Anca Pop was reportedly on her way to visit her mother when her car plunged into the Danube River in Romania
Romanian-Canadian singer Anca Pop passed away at the young age of 34 after her car plunged into the Danube river in Southwestern Romania. Her body was identified by emergency authorities after divers pulled the body out from the water on Monday. Anca's sister called the authorities when she did not reach the family home on Sunday evening. The police shared that they were looking into the death of the singer/songwriter who had a massive following in Japan.
She had also released her album on July 12 in 2017 in Japan. According to a news website A1, Anca whose stage name was Shamanca, reportedly drowned a couple of miles away from her home in Şviniţa viaduct, Mehedinţi County. She was on her way to visit her mother when her car plunged into the river.
A statement from Corina Moraru of Border Police read, "The Mehedinti border police officers, while on a patrol-research mission of the area of responsibility, observed a river car 993 in the village of Sviniţa, a car fallen in the Danube river. The Border Police immediately took the measure to notify the Inspectorate of Emergency of the County Police Inspectorate and of the Orsova chapel, for taking the necessary legal measures."
Anca's music style was a fusion of Balkan and mainstream pop and she had also collaborated with Bosnian musician Goran Bregovic for his album titled 'Champagne for Gypsies'. Fans and followers have taken to social media to pay tribute to the late singer. One fan commented saying, "RIP Anca Pop, you were such an amazing artist and my best friend, I'm so broken right now, I don't even have words." While another fan remorsefully added, "Very young."
Anca was born in a small town on the shore of Danube in 1984. At the age of 3, Anca had to flee communist Romania along with her family and crossed the Danube river on an inflatable raft. When they reached the Serbian shore, they turned themselves into the authorities and were taken to a refugee camp known as Hilijade Ruza.
Her family eventually settled in Ontario where she developed a love and passion for music. By the age of seven, she was playing the mandolin and also singing. She also started to get very good at drawing and writing. In the year 1993, Anca's parents decided to return to Romania once the communism had ended but Anca chose to stay in Canada. In 2004, one of her demos was heard by record label chairman Jonathan Simkin who started to encourage her a lot musically. In 2008, she even started to compose songs for Goran Bregovic. By 2013, she had signed the Roton record label and released her debut single 'Free love' in April 2015.
In a statement she wrote on her Facebook page, Anca had shared, "And now I realize just how much of what I am today, the thoughts that I have today, as well as the songs that I write today, are a result of the unique circumstances that surrounded my life and my family since day one. I wasn't born a musician, but somehow along the way, I became one."