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Madonna blamed for Bulgarian boat disaster

world Updated: Sep 11, 2009 08:59 IST

Religious leaders in Bulgaria have blamed 'Queen of Pop' Madonna for a boating accident, which killed 15 people insisting that her

decision to perform in the country on a holy day brought bad luck.

Church officials protested the singer's plans to stage her 'Sticky & Sweet' gig in the capital Sofia on August 29, as it is a religious day for Orthodox Christians.

However, Madonna refused to reschedule the date and religious leaders are convinced her defiance of their sacred customs led to the disaster on Macedonia's Lake Ohrid, which killed 15 Bulgarian citizens, Daily Telegraph reported.

"The catastrophe in Macedonia in which 15 Bulgarian citizens died was a sign from heaven. The Orthodox Church had called for people not to enjoy themselves on the day marking the execution of John. We should not allow the young to have fun on a day that should be dedicated to spiritual reflection," Church leader Nikolay told the newspaper.