Svika Pick: What happened to him? Honors are pouring in when Quentin Tarantino’s father-in-law, an Israeli legend, dies at the age of 72.
Svika Pick, a 72-year-old singer, songwriter, composer and television personality, died on August 14, 2022. Although the exact cause of death is unknown, it is believed to be due to age-related conditions or from natural causes.
Pick suffered a stroke in 2018 that affected his speech and mobility. Although his illness later improved, he stopped writing and performing as he used to. Whether the stroke played a role in his death has not yet been confirmed by his family, and there is currently no way to know for sure.
Paying tribute to him, Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid said
Svika Pick passed away today, but the melodies and songs he left behind will live on for a very long time.
According to President Isaac Herzog, Svika has revolutionized Israel’s cultural scene and given it new vitality. He continued by saying that Pick’s music has had a profound impact on everyone and has become an important part of the soundtrack of their lives.
Examination of Svika Pick’s life and career
Pick was born on October 3, 1949 to Jewish parents. His uncle taught music while his grandfather ran a music academy. At the age of five he began taking classical music lessons.
After studying music at the Ramat Gan Conservatory and joining local rock bands, Pick’s family immigrated to Israel in 1957. He was a well-known pop singer in Israel in the 1970s and appeared as the title character in the Hebrew version of the musical Hair in the same year.
Pick started writing music in 1998 and together with Yoav Ginai they created the song Diva. Reuniting in 2002, the group Light a Candle composed for Sarit Hadad, Israel’s representative at the 2002 Eurovision Song Contest. He also wrote music for Oleksandr Ponomaryov and Angelica Agurbashin, two Eurovision hopefuls. In 2003 he composed Hasta la Vista for Ponomaryov and another song for Agurbash.
From 2005 to 2009, Svika Pick was a juror at the Kokhav Nolad singing competition. Then, in 2005, he appeared on the Bip documentary reality program HaMaestro. The late musician also made a cameo appearance on Tamid Oto Chalom in 2009, and his songs served as the soundtrack and theme music.