AWS frontman Örs Siklósi has passed away at the age of 29. The band, which sang for Hungary at Eurovision 2018, shared the devastating news on Facebook.
“To say the unspeakable, to write what no words can describe. This is what we need to do now. Last June Örs had been diagnosed with leukaemia and now we are deeply saddened to inform you that he passed away yesterday.”
“He wanted to open up about his illness last month, he had planned to release his first solo record this Spring and we were set to make the fifth AWS record and play shows again this Fall. During this period his bravery and dignity were exemplary.”
“His creativity, the depth of his lyrics and his presence on the stage will be greatly missed. Losing him is beyond our reach and he will leave a vast space not just in our lives but in the music scene.”
“Örs was the fire himself, warm hearted companion and friend, an inspiring person whom you could trust and always relay on. He was a true wonder.”
“We’re opening our arms and hearts to his family, his friends and everyone who ever felt touched even through his lyrics.”
“We were all very lucky to have had him in our lives and as much as Örs will be missed by us all, he will remain with us all, every day, as long as we can remember.”
In so many ways Örs was the spiritual and musical rock of the group. His composition for Eurovision 2018 helped make metal accessible to the masses, and told a deeply personal story. His own passing adds a tragic coda to the emotional song.
“Viszlát Nyár” (Goodbye Summer) was inspired by the death of his own father, with the lyrics depicting the struggle and thoughts of a dying man, along with Örs himself trying to process this loss. It carries an important message: we should pay more attention to our loved ones when they are alive.
Örs wrote the lyrics of “Viszlát Nyár” himself. They begin with a dying man talking. most probably to his son, about the legacy that lives on when people die.
“My blood will keep running in your veins/If you won’t trade it away, there’ll be a mark on your heart/ That lifts you to the sky from the ground,” he sang in Hungarian. Another remarkable moment came when Örs vented his anger by screaming “Viszlát” (“goodbye” in Hungarian) during an apparent breakdown.
And while the dying man doesn’t want his loved ones to forget him, or the fact he lives on through them, there’s a clear message that he wants them to move on — and to keep living.
“I’m washed out and weary, you’re still holding on, but, please, let go of me…”
He echoed the sentiments of the song in a message during the Wiwi Jam at Home last May. Looking into the camera, he spoke from the heart: “In these hard times it’s even more important to take care of each other. We should pay more attention to our loved ones because life is short and we never know when any of them can pass.”
Our thoughts are with Örs’s family and bandmates. May he rest in peace.