Ion Dumitrache (16 December 1950 – 2 April 2021), artistically and commonly known as Nelu Ploieșteanu, was a Romanian lăutar, singer and fiddler of lăutărească music. He was born on 16 December 1950 in Ciorani, in the Prahova Region (now in the Prahova County), in Romania. Already at age 6, he played the accordion, and at age 17, he played music for money for the first time on a piano at a wedding. He moved to Bucharest in 1970 and worked for 6 months at the Ion Vasilescu Magazine Theater.
16 December 1950
|Died||2 April 2021 (aged 70)|
|Occupation||Lăutar, fiddler and singer|
Nelu Ploieșteanu sang publicly for the last time on 8 March 2021, in Slănic. After this, he was hospitalized at the Floreasca Hospital in Bucharest after being diagnosed with COVID-19 and died there on 2 April. His family claimed that the hospital had mistreated Dumitrache and left him "like a dog", saying they intended to sue the hospital.
- Popescu, Alina (2 April 2021). "A murit Nelu Ploieșteanu. Cântărețul era internat cu Covid-19 la Spitalul Floreasca". Digi24 (in Romanian).
- "In memoriam. Nelu Ploieșteanu, o viață marcată de durere: de la o copilărie catastrofală la drama pierderii unicului fiu". VIVA (in Romanian). 5 May 2021.
- "Scandal după moartea lui Nelu Ploieșteanu. Familia vrea să dea în judecată Spitalul Floreasca: "A fost lăsat ca un câine"". VIVA (in Romanian). 14 April 2021.