Famed Israeli conductor Israel Yinon has passed away after collapsing during a concert in Switzerland on Thursday night.

The conductor was conducting an orchestra at a musical festival in Lucerne, Switzerland when he passed out.

An audience member attempted to revive him, but Yinon died before reaching hospital. His cause of death had not been confirmed as at press time.

The 59-year-old conductor dedicated his career to rediscovering the work of composers who lost their lives in the Holocaust, and he died just two days after the world marked Holocaust Memorial Day on Tuesday.

He acted as a guest conductor with several famed orchestras including the London Royal Philharmonic, the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Philharmonic.

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