Car accident news
Motorway smash kills pop star
A tragic car accident has claimed the life of one of Eastern Europe's most popular pop stars, news agencies have reported.
According to Reuters, Macedonian singing sensation Toshe Proeski suffered serious personal injuries and died as the result of a crash with a truck on a Croatian motorway.
Macedonia has been plunged into mourning by the news and the head of the country's Orthodox church, Archbishop Stefan, said, "Macedonia and the Balkans has lost an angel."
26-year-old Proeski had released seven albums in his eleven-year career and his striking looks and moving songs had endeared him to the hearts of millions of fans. He represented his country at the 2004 Eurovision Song Contest and is also famous for his charity work, having acted as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador on several occasions.
Thousands of mourners gathered at the main square in Macedonia's capital of Skopje to light candles in tribute to the car accident victim and a national day of mourning has been declared.
The country's president, Branko Crvenkovski, also paid homage after hearing of the fatal car crash, saying, "We have all been blessed with such a great singer and his immense soul filled with love."
The police are currently investigating the circumstances surrounding the car accident and it is not yet known if personal injury compensation claims are likely to be made by those affected by the smash.