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Azerbaijan, Baku, Oct. 18 / Trend S.Suleymanov /
Prominent Russian singer Iosif Kobzon became ill during his speech at the World Forum of Spiritual Culture in Astana. Kobzon lost consciousness. The ambulance team provided the first aid to the singer.
Kobzon again went to the tribune and apologized for the incident adding that he will continue to report. The hall met his attempt with applause.
The singer tried to joke after the resumption of the report. "You applaud me, like Sakharov", he said. However, he again became ill. Kabzon was loudly applauded.
The organizers of the forum reported that the event brings together prominent scientists, politicians and public figures of culture and arts, spiritual leaders from 71 countries worldwide.
The purpose of the forum is to become the search tool for way-out of the systemic crisis of modern civilization.
RIA Novosti reported that Kobzon has health problems since 2001. During a tour in Kazakhstan, he got a backache and appealed to the local doctors. Upon returning to Moscow, his temperature rose sharply. Doctors supposed development of septic conditions and their diagnosis was confirmed. According to doctors it may be caused preliminary by a portable catheter inserted into Kobzon' body during a trip to Kazakhstan. The catheter maybe shifted, which could cause infection entering the bloodstream. Kabzon spent several days in intensive care in the Krasnogorsk Military Clinical Hospital with infected blood.
In 2004, Kobzon was operated due to the tumor revealed in the examines.