Bad-smelling airline passenger was rotting Russian rocker. He’s now dead.

Andrey Suchilin was revered in Russia. Not only was he known one of the country’s best guitarist, he was also considered a rock pioneer in the bad old days of the Soviet Union.

He was recently on a flight from the Canary Islands en route to Amsterdam on a Transavia flight–and he wasn’t well.

Suchilin smelled so bad, that other passengers began fainting and vomiting. The stench from his body was so intense flight attendants first tried to isolate him by putting him one of the lavatories. When that didn’t help, the captain made the decision to divert to Faro, Portugal.

He was taken to hospital where he was diagnosed as suffering from tissue necrosis–the dreaded flesh-eating disease. He was literally rotting, which is why he was so rank.

Suchilin underwent multiple emergency surgeries to try to stem the progress of the infection, but he suffered organ failure, slipped into a coma and died. He was 58.

It appears that he attracted the infection while on vacation. He did consult a doctor, but he diagnosed him as having “an ordinary beach infection.”

Suchilin was a member of the band Do Mazhor (C-Major) and a founder of a legendary organization called the Moscow Rock Laboratory.



Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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