Cambodian singer (b. 1948 Battambang), dubbed "The golden Voice of the Royal Capital" by monarch King Norodom Sihanouk
(1941–1955 and 1993–2005). Sothea managed to gain a great popularity in her entire native country in a short time. When after a devastating civil war, the Khmer Republic eventually declared capitulation on 17 April 1975, Sothea decided to focus her repertoire on patriotic songs to strengthen the minds of the citizens of the newly founded (Khmer Rouge-controlled) republic called "Democratic Kampuchea".
In 1977 she was forced by revolutionary and then-leader Pol Pot himself to marry one of his personal assistants and reportedly died sometime in the last quarter of the very same year, aged about 29. However, the mystery of Sothea's actual death circumstances has always been the fuel for many (to a great extent far-fetched) conspiracy theories to date.