Pantelis Pantelidis, one of Greece’s most popular and loved singers, was killed in a car crash on Thursday morning. The announcement of his death left everyone shocked and saddened with many searching to verify if the incident had indeed occurred or whether it was simply a rumor. Unfortunately, the 32-year-old singer took his last breath after crashing his car while driving on Vouliagmenis avenue in Glyfada where he lost control of his car.
Pantelis Pantelidis was born in Athens on November 23, 1983. He grew up in Nea Ionia, where he worked in the family OPAP agency, even after he became a successful musician. He had a close relationship with his family, and especially with his mother, as he had confessed in a recent interview. He had also worked as a non-commissioned officer in the Hellenic Navy, but decided to quit to follow his passion as a singer.
Pantelidis was a self-taught musician. From a tender young age, he began writing songs which he filmed and sent to friends, who then posted them on Youtube launching his popularity. Pantelidis did not attain fame through a record company, but instead stole the hearts of many fans strumming his guitar in his little room at home. By the time he signed his first contract, he had already had a fan base.
Four years ago, everyone was talking about the “Pantelis phenomenon” — the young man who sang and played his guitar on Youtube. His talent soon became recognized and Pantelidis ended up performing in Greece’s biggest music halls, right next to the biggest stars. His first album “Alchoolikes Oi Nyxtes” came out in 2012, reaching double platinum status.
More of his songs became hits and are still playing on the radio. According to Pantelidis, his songs were based on personal experiences or stories of dear friends including a song written for his mother, named “Athena.”
Pantelidis always performed for a full house in the clubs he was featured in and people loved him for his simplicity and his down-to-earth personality, which came across in interviews as he always appeared shy and dressed in plain jeans and a pair of Chucks. He was well liked among his colleagues and everyone had a good word to say about him.
Only one day after his tragic death, Pantelidis was set to premiere at a popular night club in Athens, along with Despoina Vandi and Kostas Martakis. It is truly a loss for his loved ones and all that he touched through his music during his all-too-short life.