Martins Freimans dies at the age of 33

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At the age of 33, Martins Freimans died at a hospital in Riga today due to serious complications following an influenza infection. He represented Latvia in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2003 as part of the group F.L.Y. In 2005, he returned as a songwriter.

Martins Freimans was considered one of the most popular music artists in his native country Latvia – as a soloist, a songwriter and a member of various groups. He also occasionally worked as an actor and he has released a collection of poems.

In 2003, he formed the group F.L.Y. with Lauris Reiniks and Yana Kay. After winning the national final with Hello from Mars, they represented Latvia on homeground in the Eurovision Song Contet in 2003 finishing 24th. He is also the songwriter behind the 2005 Latvian entry The war is not over. Performed by Walters & Kazha, it finished fifth in the final in Kyiv. He also frequently competed in the Latvian national finals as a songwriter – most recently in 2009 and 2010. Furthermore, his song Hop has been selected for the semi finals of the 2011 national selection, where it will be performed by Blitze.