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 Indonesian pop group singer to bury wife killed in tsunami

Dec 25. 2018
Ifan and his wife; Dylan Sahara//Ifan's Instagram
Ifan and his wife; Dylan Sahara//Ifan's Instagram
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By AFP

Jakarta - Riefian "Ifan" Fajarsyah, the frontman of popular Indonesian pop group Seventeen was to bury his wife Tuesday, compounding a tragedy that saw his three bandmates also killed when a tsunami tore into their open-air concert.

Ifan has lost his wife, Dylan Sahara, who went missing in the days following the Sunda Strait tsunami on the evening of Dec. 22.

Aconk, a staffer with Seventeen, said that Dylan's body was found at Pandeglang Regional General Hospital [RSUD]. “[…] We identified her and she [sic] is on the way to RSUD Serang,” he told kompas.com. Aconk said Dylan's funeral would take place in her hometown of Ponorogo in East Java.

Ifan uploaded two photos on his Instagram account in remembrance of his wife. The couple were married in 2016. “Alhamdulillah [Praise be to God] I’ve found my wife. Thank you for your prayers,” he wrote in one post.

Dylan was backstage when the tsunami struck at a resort hotel on the popular beach of Tanjung Lesung in Pandeglang, Banten, where the band was performing. Ifan decided to remain in the regency until his wife was found.

“He stayed in Pandeglang and didn’t come home. [Pandeglang] is not too far from Tanjung Lesung [beach], it’s only several kilometers,” Seventeen spokesperson Yulia Dian to;d kompas.com.

Rumors initially circulated that Dylan was safe at a medical clinic, but the report turned out to be a hoax. “He was overjoyed and rushed to go get his wife, but she couldn't be found anywhere,” said Yulia. “Maybe the person who thought he/she had found Dylan didn’t really know [what she looked like],” she said.

The band most recently lost drummer Andi, who had also gone missing following the disaster. Seventeen guitarist Herman Sikumbang, bassist M. Awal "Bani" Purbani, road manager Oki Wijaya and crew member Rukmana “Ujang” Rustam were confirmed killed in the tsunami. Ifan is the only surviving member of the four-man band. (

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