"Another one great songwriter saddenly passed away, leaving us with the richness of his work", points out a statement of the Communist Party of Greece (KKE) for the death of popular rock singer and songwriter Lavrentis Macheritsas.
The KKE statement continues: "Like all these years, from his beginning until the time he "left", he accompanied us with his music and songs and he will continue accompany us in our small and great moments. Grandson of the executed - in April 1948 - militant Lavrentis Macheritsas from Volos, he was dynamically participating in the movement, with his music being his weapon. We will always remember his participation in the Festivals of KNE. In the electoral battles of our Party, with his support statements as well as his active participation, such as in 2006 when he was elected city councillor at the Municipality of Athens with the KKE's list".
The General Secretary of the CC of the KKE Dimitris Koutsoumbas also expressed his condolences for the death of Macheritsas, mentioning that the late singer was "a dear friend of the KNE-Odigitis Festivals since the beginning of the 90s".
Lavrentis Macheritsas died on Monday at the age of 63, apparently of heart failure. He had been one of the most popular singers and songwriters of his generation, having collaborated with most of Greece's top artists. Apart from a prolific Alt-Rock musician, Macheritsas was also known for his leftist views, being a regular participant at the annual festival of the Communist Youth (KNE).
Paying tribute to Macheritsas, the music program of the first day of the KNE-Odigitis youth festival in Thessaloniki, on Thursday 13 September, will be dedicated to the late singer.