Uzi Chitman, who wrote the Israeli entry in 1991, Kan, died yesterday at the age of 52.
Uzi Chitman made a few attempts to reach the Eurovision Song Contest in the past. In 1985 he performed the song Kmo Tzo'ani (Like a Gypsy) in Israel's Kdam-Eurovision, along with a band which beared the same name. They reached the second place. In 2003 he also composed one of the songs Lior Narkis had in his private Kdam-Eurovision.
In addition to all that, Uzi Chitman could be considered responsible to the meteoric success of Duo Datz, who are Orna and Moshe Datz. In 1991, just after the first gulf war ended, they won the Kdam-Eurovision with his patriotic composition Kan (Here). The song and Duo Datz were just a few points away of winning that year's Eurovision Song Contest in Rome, but ended at a respectable third place. This Eurovision participation propelled the Datz couple's huge success in Israel, which lasts till this very day.
Uzi Chitman died yesterday of heart attack, at the age of 52.