. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Pop Singer Nasyrov Dead After Jumping Off Balcony

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Pop singer Murat Nasyrov died Friday night after jumping from his fifth-floor apartment in northern Moscow. Police said he was under the influence of drugs.

Nasyrov, 37, perhaps best-known for the 1990s hit "Malchik Khochet v Tambov," donned a colorful outfit, hung a camera around his neck to take a self-portrait and then leaped from the balcony, RIA-Novosti reported Saturday, citing investigators. He died on the spot.

Earlier Friday, Nasyrov called his neighbors and friends to say he had had a vision of God and of his friend Baglan Sadvakasov, the front man of the pop group A-Studio who died in a traffic accident in August, RIA-Novosti said.

A police source told the news agency that Nasyrov was under the influence of unspecified drugs when he died. The source said Nasyrov had been treated for a drug addiction in a Moscow clinic last year.

Nasyrov's widow, Natalya Boiko, denied that drugs had played a role in her husband's death, NTV television reported.

Pop diva Alla Pugachyova said Nasyrov, who had composed several songs for her, had suffered a creativity crisis in recent years.

"You would have to be a very strong man to live through this plight. Maybe he did not find enough strength within himself," she said on NTV.

Nasyrov's body has been flown to Almaty, Kazakhstan, where he was born, and he is to be buried there Monday. He is survived by Boiko and two children, daughter Lia, 10, and son Akim, 6.