Somewhere Over the Rainbow (Music Video of the Week)

Music Video of the Week, 11 Oct 2021

Israel "IZ" KamakawiwoʻOle – TRANSCEND Media Service

Throughout his life, Israel “IZ” Kamakawiwoʻole was morbidly obese and at one point weighed 767 pounds (348 kg) standing 6-foot-2-inch (1.88 m) tall.  The Hawaii state flag flew at half-staff on July 10, 1997, the day of his funeral attended by some ten thousand people. Thousands of fans gathered as his ashes were scattered into the Pacific Ocean at Mākua Beach in Hawai’i two days later.


The funeral and the scattering of ashes were featured in this music video released posthumously. He died at the age of 38 on June 26, 1997. RIP dear friend with a heart so big it weighed 348 kg.



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