Kraus was 77 years old. He is survived by his partner and three children.
Kraus with former wife and musical partner, Josie Katz
Kraus was hospitalized on February 7 in serious but stable condition and was treated at the hospital's intensive care unit. In recent years he had suffered from poor health and was confined to a wheelchair.
Shmulik Kraus was born in Jerusalem in July 1935. He began his musical career in the 1950s alongside Avi Ofarim, and in the 1960s he met his future wife and musical partner, Josie Katz.
He later became a mem ber of the High Windows rock group and the Lul group of singers and musicians. He released several solo albums, and received the Minister of Education and Culture Award for Life Achievement in 2006.
Alongside his musical career and contribution to the Israeli rock scene, Kraus had a history of violence and was even hospitalized several times at the Abarbanel mental hospital.