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Kid's Trololo YouTube tribute is a charmer

Though he recently passed away, YouTube star Mr. Trololo leaves behind a legacy of fond tributes, including this young man's excellent rendition.

Two Trololos
The master and his pupil. Video screenshot by Amanda Kooser/CNET

Eduard Khil was an unlikely YouTube star. The Russian singer inadvertently took the online world by storm with a delightfully schmaltzy singing performance of "I Am Glad 'Cause I'm Finally Returning Back Home" from 1976.

Khil passed away last month, but his legacy lives on. While there have been many new versions of what became known as the Trololo song, one young man's tribute is a particularly charming rendition.

Redditor dbarts21 discovered his cousin's flair for lip-syncing Internet meme performance art while browsing through his YouTube videos.

The fond, spot-on tribute has racked up nearly 250,000 views. That's respectable, but it still pales in comparison to the 14 million earned by the original Mr. Trololo upload.

Mr. Trololo brought a sense of absurd delight to many viewers. The remake captures all the whimsy and then adds a layer of surreality to the whole affair.

Here's a tip of the hat to the next generation carrying on in Khil's footsteps. Maybe there is such a thing as YouTube immortality.