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Hiromu Takamizawa, a member of the Dark Ducks male chorus group, died Friday of heart failure at his home in Fujisawa, Kanagawa Prefecture, his family and agency said Saturday. He was 77.

Takamizawa, a tenor, joined the group in 1952. The group had been formed the previous year by Toru Sasaki, Tetsu Kiso and Hajime Toyama, who were members of a male choir at Keio University.

The quartet sang a wide variety of songs, including the Russian folk song “Tomoshibi” (“Little Flame”), “Yukiyama Sanka” (“Homage to Snow Mountain”), as well as children’s songs. They had numerous hits during the quarter century they were most active.

The Dark Ducks performed in such countries as the former Soviet Union and the United States.

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