Jørgen Ingmann, one-half of Denmark’s first-ever Eurovision winning act, has passed away aged 89. According to his daughter he died on March 21 while using his computer: His heart simply stopped beating and he passed away without experiencing any pain.
The sad news comes almost one year after his winning entry was used as the intro for the 59th annual Eurovision Song Contest in Copenhagen. Next month he would have celebrated his 90th birthday.
Jørgen and Grethe at the 1963 Eurovision Song Contest
In recent years Scandi success at Eurovision has been something of a given. But, rewinding to the beginning of the contest, it actually took the region eight years to score a victory. Jørgen and his then wife Grethe had the honor of bringing the trophy home to Denmark in 1963 with their song ”Dansevise” (Dance Ballad) — a moderately uptempo ode to dance.
The couple divorced twelve years later in 1975, after which Jørgen decided to go solo for another five years. He then retired as a musician and has avoided the public since then. Grethe passed away in 1990.
Björn and Benny from ABBA (Eurovision 1974) are now the oldest surviving male Eurovision winners. Luckily most of the female winners are still alive, including the first-ever winner Lys Assia.