Raffi passed away on April 25, 1888.
His obituary was headline news in the Tiflis-based Armenian newspaper, Mshak, in which he had serialized some of his key works:
Armenian literature has borne another major loss. On the 25th of this month, our prominent novelist Hakob Melik Hakobian, who was known by his pen name Raffi to his Armenian readers, passed away at midnight, after a brief illness, surrounded by his family, in the presence of his wife and two children.
Perhaps Raffi at the time of his passing was financially secure. Should we consider his widow and two children also financially secure? We only know that his widow has refused to accept any financial assistance from a few of the Iranian-Armenians of Tiflis who offered to bury the departed on their own account.
The requiem will take place on Thursday, April 28th, at 7PM, at his home in Sololaki, on Novo-Orlovsky street.
The burial will take place the following day, on Friday, April 29th, and the ceremony will begin at 9:15AM from the home of the departed toward the Mother Church of the Monastery.
After Raffi’s passing, the Armenians intellectuals of Tiflis immediately convened to perform the necessary preparations to bury the talented author’s body with a deserving ceremony.
We believe that, on Friday, April 29th, at 9AM, the entire Armenian population of Tiflis, regardless of religion, social class or country of origin will attend, and offer a final farewell to Raffi.
Rest in peace, Raffi.