Singer of Indonesian pop group Seventeen buries wife, bandmates killed in tsunami

The lead vocalist of popular Indonesian pop group Seventeen, Riefian Fajarsyah, and his wife Dylan Sahara, who died when a tsunami tore into the band's open-air concert last Saturday (Dec 22).
The lead vocalist of popular Indonesian pop group Seventeen, Riefian Fajarsyah, and his wife Dylan Sahara, who died when a tsunami tore into the band's open-air concert last Saturday (Dec 22).PHOTO: INSTAGRAM/ @IFANSEVENTEEN
TV personality Dylan Sahara, who was running for a parliamentary seat in next year's elections, was identified at a hospital on Monday, according to Indonesian media reports.
TV personality Dylan Sahara, who was running for a parliamentary seat in next year's elections, was identified at a hospital on Monday, according to Indonesian media reports.PHOTO: INSTAGRAM/ @IFANSEVENTEEN
Tens of thousands of sympathetic messages were posted to Riefian Fajarsyah's social media accounts, including those from celebrities and politicians.
Tens of thousands of sympathetic messages were posted to Riefian Fajarsyah's social media accounts, including those from celebrities and politicians.PHOTO: INSTAGRAM/ @IFANSEVENTEEN

JAKARTA (AFP) - The frontman of popular Indonesian pop group Seventeen was to bury his wife on Tuesday (Dec 25), compounding a tragedy that saw his three bandmates also killed when a tsunami tore into their open-air concert.

Dramatic footage posted online showed fans clapping and cheering before the wave smashed into the concert, hurling band members from the stage and slamming into the audience.

Lead vocalist Riefian Fajarsyah posted a video clip of himself on social media stroking the coffin of his wife, actress and TV personality Dylan Sahara, in her hometown of Ponorogo on the eastern side of Java island.

"How can I live without you, Dylan Sahara?"  Riefian wrote on his widely followed Instagram account.

"Thank you guys for your prayers. Only God can repay your kindness. Please send prayers for my wife Dylan so she will be at peace."

Dylan, who was running for a parliamentary seat in next year's elections, was identified at a hospital late on Monday, according to Indonesian media reports.

The 25-year-old daughter of a well-known Indonesian politician was present when the wall of water swept through a company-sponsored event at the Tanjung Lesung beach resort on the western tip of Java where the band was playing.

. Istriku memang bukan manusia yang sempurna, begitupun aku. Tapi dia ga pernah berhenti buat terus terus menjadi istri yang baik, i know you have tried your best and it’s not easy for you, but you did it baby. Dan buatku memang dia adalah istri terbaik yang mungkin diberikan Allah buatku, I couldn’t ask for more ya Allah • Mewakili istriku aku memohon maaf sebesar2nya kepada teman, sahabat, keluarga, saudara atau siapapun yang pernah mengenal Dylan. Mohon diikhlaskan jikalau ada kata atau perbuatan yang kurang berkenan • Sayang, Allah mempertemukan kita, Allah pula yang memisahkan kita. Doain suamimu agar menjadi suami yang sholeh, biar aku bisa menuntut hak ku buat berpasangan denganmu di akhirat nanti untuk selamanya. Cuma Allah yang tau seberapa besar apa yang aku rasain ke kamu sayang I love you @dylan_sahara
 

It was a day before her 26th birthday.

"(She) was not perfect and neither am I, but she never stopped trying to be the best wife," Riefian said in his emotional online tribute.

"I could not ask for more."

Tens of thousands of sympathetic messages were posted to his social media accounts on Tuesday, including those from celebrities and politicians.

"Deepest condolences bro. May you have strength and patience and may your wife be granted the best place alongside God," famous Indonesian singer Judika wrote online.

Funerals were held on Monday for the group's bassist, guitarist, road manager and a crew member who were killed in the disaster.

Riefian, 35, is the only surviving member of Seventeen, who have released a half-dozen albums and command a large fan base in Muslim-majority Indonesia.

With no warning, the powerful, volcano-triggered tsunami swept over popular beaches on southern Sumatra and the western tip of Java and inundated hotels and coastal settlements.