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“What’s Another Year” songwriter Shay Healy dies aged 78

Shay Healy, an accomplished broadcaster and songwriter who composed Ireland’s winning Eurovision Song Contest 1980 entry “What’s Another Year”, has sadly died at the age of 78. As well as composing Johnny Logan’s iconic Eurovision winner, he was also famed in Ireland for hosting the chat show “Nighthawks” on RTÉ Two in the late 80s and early 90s. Later in …

Patrick Juvet (Switzerland 1973) passed away at the age of 70

Switzerland’s representative at Eurovision 1973 in Luxembourg, Patrick Juvet, has sadly passed away at the age of just 70. His agent officially confirmed this news to French media outlet AFP. Juvet started his career as a model, but later became a musician. His first big hit in France was with the song “La Musica” in 1972. A year later, he …

Sanja Ilić, founder of Balkanika, has died aged 70

Sanja Ilić, the founder of the ethno-folk group Balkanika that represented Serbia in Eurovision 2018, has sadly died at the age of 70 from complications relating to COVID-19. The veteran musician formed the group in 1998, with its purpose “to preserve, revitalize and modernize Serbian medieval and byzantine music traditions.” The group alongside Ilić won Beovizija 2018 with “Nova deca” and went on …

Pave Maijanen (Finland 1992) dies aged 70

Experienced Finnish musician and performer Pave Maijanen, who represented his homeland in Eurovision 1992 in Malmö with “Yamma, yamma”, has died at the age of 70. Maijanen performed solo and had a well-respected career, as well as being known for performing in various bands throughout the 1970s and 1980s, including Mielikummitus, The Royals, Rock’n’roll Band, Pepe & Paradise, Dingo and …

Ireland 1990’s Liam Reilly has died aged 65

Ireland’s representative at Eurovision 1990 in Zagreb (then Yugoslavia), Liam Reilly, has sadly passed away at the age of just 65. The singer-songwriter from Dundalk represented his country at the 1990 contest with “Somewhere in Europe”, finishing joint second alongside France’s Joëlle Ursull and behind eventual winner Toto Cutugno of Italy. He also wrote and composed the following Irish entry …

Fado legend Carlos do Carmo passes away at age 81

2021 is barely out of the gates and Eurovision fans have already lost one of the icons of the competition and Portugal one of its finest ever performers in Carlos do Carmo. A titan of Portugal’s unique and melancholic fado folk tradition, do Carmo represented Portugal at Eurovision 1976 with “Uma flor de verde pinho,” (“A green-pine flower”) coming in …

Portugal’s Eurovision 1992 entrant Dina passes away at age 62

[AdSense-B] Ondina Veloso, known professionally as Dina, passed away this morning at age 62. According to the spokesperson of Lisbon, Portugal’s Pulido Valente Hospital, Dina had suffered from pulmonary fibrosis, a lung disease where lung tissue slowly and gradually becomes damaged and scarred. Dina will be familiar to Eurovision fans for her 1992 entry “Amor d’água fresca” (“Fresh Water Love”) …

Valters Frīdenbergs, one half of Walters and Kazha (Latvia 2005), dies aged 30

[AdSense-B] Some desperately sad news has emanated from over in Latvia today, as it has been confirmed that one of the performers for Latvia at Eurovision 2005, Valters Frīdenbergs, has died of cancer at the age of 30. The singer, who finished 5th as part of the duo Walters and Kazha in 2005, had been battling the disease since 2016. Having …

Lys Assia, Eurovision’s first winner, dies aged 94

[AdSense-B] It’s the news that many Eurofans had expected in recent years, but it certainly doesn’t make it any easier to process; Lys Assia, the first ever winner of the Eurovision Song Contest, has sadly passed away at the age of 94. A history maker from the beginning, the Swiss performer carried home the first trophy of the contest’s history …