On October 20, 2016 at approximately 1:45 pm, I was sifting through my Facebook news feed, and I received a prompt message through messenger from one of my friends a terrible news which he alerted me with. He said that Robert Chilingirian has died. That really shook me, it made me get the shivers, I was pale like a ghost, but at first I was in disbelief, I said no it can’t be, I was in absolute denial and I went through the profile pages and news feed to see if that was true. Then I indeed read that My great friend and Superstar singer/artist in the Armenian community of the world, Robert Chilingirian passed away from a blood disorder that the doctors caught too late.
My whole world just came crashing down on me, I felt this unusual presence going through from my head to toe. I was not myself, my nerves were going haywire, I began crying to the point where my head was aching, my eyes were burning from all the crying and I was just in so much pain hearing the news. It hit me so unexpectedly. I was just in utter shock not knowing that he was sick and in this predicament. A lot of people came by surprise and utter shock that this was happening and happened and it just crushed everyone’s mood.
It will take a long time to grieve and mourn on this terrible tragic loss that we endured. All of us are absolutely devastated beyond words.
The news went viral within a couple of hours and so many people found out through social media, and other Armenian artists who shared the unfortunate news with everyone. I couldn’t believe that after almost 12 years of being great friends and communicating on a regular basis, that he lost his battle with this aggressive form of a blood disorder.
In life, one of the things that we are truly never prepared for is when someone we love and care about passes away and that leaves a forever emptiness and mark in our physical life. We believe that people will never go to that path, but unfortunately life is too short. The loved ones we once cherished on earth no matter how long, will now remain a memory etched in our hearts, minds and souls. Physical becomes spiritual presence, signs and signals from our dearly departed souls come and go.
That is why its important to cherish those who we have, love each other, spend time with loved ones and people as much as we can, communicate with them and do our best to always appreciate people, respect people, and be supportive.
I have learned a lot in the last few days. Life is too fragile, and unpredictable. Sometimes we know when that day is coming when someone is in a life threatening situation, but sometimes a miracle shows up and that person is saved, but unfortunately sometimes miracles do not show up in time to save a person’s life no matter what it is, and we are just never too prepared for it.
Superstar Robert Chilingirian was someone so extraordinary, incredible, humble, down-to-earth, there for his loved ones, friends and fans. You can definitely feel the musical passion he strived for everyday of his life. He traveled the world to all 7 continents to do shows, concerts, parties, weddings, and other occasions and events. Robert has many songs, albums, and music videos. Roberts passion in music was felt, was something that people who watched him perform live and through his music videos and songs was something so unique, beautiful and it was his ultimate passion.
He said create your own, be a leader and never a follower. Robert made sure that he created his own art in music, he gave us new beats and tunes through his talent in bouzouki, guitars and other instruments. He was sometimes a one man show, and other times he would include his band. He also had his Jewellery line called Roberto Arichi or Arichi which is named after his 2 children.
Robert Chilingirian was born on October 27th, 1962, and he passed away a week shy before his birthday. He was almost 54. He is survived by his Daughter Ariana and son Richard, also by his other immediate family members.
Superstar, Robert Chilingirian a great father, son, friend, performer, family man will be missed terribly much by all his loved ones, those who he worked alongside with, his fans and everyone he touched the lives of. God rest his beautiful soul and may he continue his musical journey through the stage of heaven looking down and performing for us all through his spiritual memory. We love you Robert and we will never ever forget you and your radiance. Rest in Peace.
Stay tuned, I will be writing about how Robert and I met and also a poem dedicate to him is coming up as well.