Austrian media reports that Udo Jürgens, Austria’s first ever Eurovision winner, died earlier today.
The sad news comes just months after the music legend celebrated his 80th birthday. Naturally, he was tipped to be a part of the 2015 Eurovision show in some way or another.
Udo Jürgens, who was not known to be ill, was touring in Switzerland. According to press reports, he collapsed while walking and lost consciousness. Despite doctors’ efforts to ressuscitate him, the singer did not regain consciousness and died at a hospital in Münsterlingen. The hospital later issued a press release saying that Udo Jürgens died of heart failure at 4:25 p.m.
Udo Jürgens won the Eurovision Song Contest for Austria back in 1966, with the song “Merci, Chérie” (“Thanks, Darling”).
Adieu, adieu, adieu, Mr. Jürgens.
Fellow Austrian Conchita Wurst, this year’s Eurovision winner, took to Facebook to commemorate Udo.