Greek singer-songwriter Antonis Vardis dies aged 66

Greek singer-songwriter Antonis Vardis died of cancer on Tuesday at the age of 66.

Born in Moschato, southern Athens, in 1948, Vardis formed a band called the Vikings when he was 17.

He subsequently appeared in various Plaka music clubs during the 1969-81 period.

He collaborated with leading vocalists and lyricists over the course of his career, earning a number of awards and distinctions.

A private funeral is scheduled to take place on Wednesday in Paiania, eastern Attica, at 11 a.m.