Zbigniew Wodecki

Zbigniew Stanisław Wodecki (; 6 May 1950 – 22 May 2017) was a Polish singer, musician, composer, actor and TV presenter.

Early life and career

Wodecki was born on 6 May 1950 in Godów, Poland. He started to play the violin at the age of five. Since the late 1960s, he had collaborated with the Piwnica pod Baranami literary cabaret and singer Ewa Demarczyk. As a singer, he debuted in 1972 at the National Festival of Polish Song in Opole. He is mostly known for the songs Chałupy Welcome To, Lubię wracać tam, gdzie byłem, Z Tobą chcę oglądać świat (duet with Zdzisława Sośnicka) and Zacznij od Bacha, as well as the Polish versions of several soundtracks – Maya the Honey Bee and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Movie. In the 1980s he performed in a cabaret with . He appeared as one of the judges on the Polish version of the Dancing with the Stars television show, Taniec z gwiazdami, during its first twelve seasons.

Health problems and death

In 2014, Wodecki revealed that he had atrial fibrillation and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. On 8 May 2017, the artist suffered a massive stroke, a complication from bypass surgery he had at a private clinic, on 5 May 2017; and was taken to intensive care at Central Clinical Hospital of the MSWiA in Warsaw, where he died 13 days later, of complications from the stroke.

Personal life

Wodecki and his wife, Krystyna, had three children: Joanna, Katarzyna and Pawel. His family was from Łaziska, Wodzisław County. He was an honorary citizen of Gmina Godów (Wodzisław County). He was known as an ally of the LGBT community.