Volodymyr Ivasyuk was the "Elvis" of the Ukraine. Before age 10 he could play the violin, piano and began writing his own music by age 15. Also as a child he showed interest in poetry and art.
After that, the multitalented and intelligent Ivasyuk began to study medicine. Sadly, he was kicked out of school because he and his fellow friends had tipped over a statue of Lenin.
By his early twenties he had become famous both in the Ukraine and the entire Soviet Union where he won best song of the year in the entire Soviet Union two years in a row (Chervona Ruta in 1971 and Vodohray in 1972).
Then he moved to Lviv and became a doctor, and continued to create more songs/material, most of which were sung by Sofia Rotaru.
He then (as we heard about in class) at age 30 was hanging from a tree close to Lviv (possibly by the Soviets).