Israel “IZ” Kamakawiwoʻole
He is a famous Hawaiian musician and remains one of the major influences in Hawaiian music over the course of 15 years.
His album “Facing Future”, released in 1993 was an instant hit, especially outside his homeland world wide and his music was used in TV, Films and Commercials, making him a true music Idol.
Unfortunately at age 38, he died of weight-related respiratory illness in Honolulu. Around ten thousand people attended the funeral and Thousands of fans gathered as his ashes were scattered into the Pacific Ocean at Mākua Beach on July 12, 1997.
A true gent and true musician his music is well worth checking out.