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The Yoik Heard All Around Europe: Mattis Hætta Passes Away at Age 63

What started as a national final entry about Sami protests against a dam project turned into the yoik that was heard all around Europe. And the man who brought that unexpected international attention to his people’s cause, and to the Sami people of Northern Europe in general, Mattis Hætta, passed away this past weekend at the age of 63 due …

Beloved Belgian Singer Nicole Josy Passes Away Aged 76

As the lyrics of the Eurovision 1973 entry “Baby Baby” expressed, love is fragile like porcelain. But Nicole and Hugo’s love started on national broadcaster VRT’s stage, blossomed through good luck and bad luck, and lasted more than 50 years until Nicole Josy’s passing last night at the age of 76. After having successfully battled cancer twice and suffering from …

Olivia Newton-John, Pop legend and Eurovision 1974 entrant, passes away at age 73

Dame Olivia Newton-John, the British-born Australian pop singer and actress, and arguably one of Eurovision’s all-time most popular entrants, whose songs and films have brought joy to hundreds of millions of fans over the span of five decades, has passed away at the age of 73. In a post on Newton-John’s Instagram account, her husband John Easterling wrote, “Dame Olivia …

R.I.P. Nora Nova: Germany’s 1964 Entrant Dies at Age 93

Eurovision fans worldwide are saying goodbye to a legend, as 1964 German entrant Nora Nova passed away this week. She was 93 years old. She competed with the song “Man gewöhnt sich so schnell an das Schöne”, a song that still holds the record for longest Eurovision song title. She finished in a tie for 13th place. As most footage …

Armando Gama (Portugal 1983) passed away at age 67

Armando Gama has sadly passed away this morning due cancer at the age of just 67. Armando won Festival da Canção in 1983 and represented Portugal at the 1983 Eurovision Song Contest. With his song “Esta balada que te dou”, he finished in 13th place at the contest in Munich, Germany. Armando António Capelo Diniz da Gama was born on …

Carmela Corren (Austria 1963) has died, aged 83

Carmela Corren, the Israeli performer who represented Austria in the Eurovision Song Contest back in 1963, has sadly passed away at the age of 83, according to Viennese Eurovision podcast Merci, Chérie. Corren represented the nation at the contest in London with “Vielleicht geschieht ein Wunder” finishing seventh. The performer was born in Tel Aviv and started out as a …

Emil Ramsauer has died, aged 103

Some sad news emerged earlier today, as Eurovision icon and long-time celebrated servant of the Salvation Army, Emil Ramsauer, has died at the age of 103. Emil became familiar to an international audience as the double bass player for Takasa, the band that represented Switzerland at the Eurovision Song Contest 2013 in Malmö. The band was made up of six …

Hans Erik Dyvik Husby – aka Hank von Hell – has died aged 49

Hans Erik Dyvik Husby, one of Norway’s most celebrated  punk rock musicians, has sadly passed away at the age of just 49. Also known as Hank von Helvete and Hank von Hell, he found fame as the longest-serving lead vocalist of Turbonegro, a self-described “deathpunk” band who found major success in their home country with multiple hit albums. The band …

R.I.P. Claude Lombard: Eurovision 1968 Performer Passes Away at Age 76

Claude Lombard, the singer who represented Belgium at the 1968 Eurovision Song Contest, has died at age 76. The news was announced on her official Facebook page on Monday. No cause of death was given. Born on February 25, 1945, in Etterbeek, Belgium, Lombard performed the haunting love ballad ‘Quand tu reviendras’ at the 1968 contest. She performed 3rd and …

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