Lys Assia, the first winner of the first Eurovision Song Contest in 1956, recently passed away at the age of 94. Over the years, she had a prolific career, performing for such notable people as for Queen Elizabeth II, the Egyptian King Faruk and Eva Peron; in addition, Assia remained an important figure in the Eurovision Song Contest, over the years, appearing as a guest of honour on many occasions, even applying to sing in the 2012 and 2013 selections.
As seen above, Assia won the 1956 Eurovision Song Contest with the French song, “Refrain,” helping Switzerland to win the contest, also helping to make her the first winner.
Eurovision announced Assia’s passing on its official website, claiming that she died on March 24, 2018, at Zürich’s Zollikerberg Hospital, all the while listing her accomplishments and that plans to commemorate Assia will come out in the days passing the announcement of her death. In addition, the following statement was issued:
“We would like to use this opportunity to express our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Lys Assia.”
Jon Ola Sand, the executive supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest and head of live events, wrote the following on Twitter:
“Very sad news: Lys Assia, first winner of the Eurovision Song Contest, passed away. We will miss her.”
Eurovision’s official Twitter account also issued the following statement:
“We’re very sad to hear that Lys Assia – the Grande Dame of #Eurovision – has passed away. Our very first winner in 1956 and a huge supporter of the Contest ever since. The whole Eurovision family sends our condolences to Lys’ loved ones.”
What was Lys Assia’s official cause of death?
At this time, an official cause of death does not appear to have been announced for Lys Assia.
As this story is developing, more information will be updated as made available.