It breaks my heart to write this post. We are devastated by our loss.
Channthy was the love of my life, my soul mate, my best friend. I feel so sorry that her life has mostly been very difficult and will be more so for the family she leaves behind. She was also my co-pilot in the Cambodian Space Project and through this shared experience, the music, the friendships and the love we shared, I am also grateful to know that I was able to live so much life with Channthy. My heart is broken.
Over the coming days and weeks we will share our grief and mourn Channthy while working to ensure all that can be done, will be done. Stability and security for Channthy’s beautiful 13 year old son is first priority as is ongoing support for her family and impoverished community in Prey Veng province. As per Khmer tradition Channthy’s passing will culminate with her 100 Days Ceremony which will be held on June 30 and July 1. All friends and fans will be most welcome to attend both Channthy’s 100 Days ceremony in her village as well as public memorial events in Phnom Penh. The Cambodian Space Project team will stage a memorial concert at FCC Mansion on April 1 with many of Cambodia’s music and arts community gathering to pay tribute to her incredible legacy in life. To support Channthy’s family please contribute to Kak Channthy Memorial Fund.
In death she has become immortal and her iconic image represents not just heroism and truth but a Cambodian national treasure who has given the world a great gift.
R.I.P Kak Channthy 1980 – 2018.
– Julien Poulson