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Lys Assia, winner of the first Eurovision Song Contest in 1956, has passed away. She was 94 years old.

During her long and successful career, she performed for Queen Elizabeth II, the Egyptian King Faruk and Eva Peron. She was also involved with many charitable events all over the world.

Lys Assia remained a loyal supporter of the Eurovision Song Contest. In 2003, she addressed millions of viewers via a satellite link from Cyprus, wishing the contestants the best of luck ahead of the Grand Final. In 2005, she performed during Congratulations, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Eurovision Song Contest and in 2008 she started the voting in Belgrade.

In 2011, she decided it would be time for her return to the stage of the Eurovision Song Contest as a contestant and she entered the Swiss national selection, becoming one of the front runners of the contest in the eyes of the fans all over Europe. However, it was not to be and Lys was not selected for Switzerland. She also applied for the Swiss ticket to the contest in 2012 but did not reach the final.

Many fans still remember her performance of her winning song Refrain in the Euroclub in 2009, in Moscow, when it seemed like no years had passed since her victory. This was understandable, as she once said: "Singing gives me back the joy of life."

In Stockholm in 2016 she took part in a special meet and greet event for fans and press where she took pictures with every single person who asked.

eurovision.tv/story/lys-assia-dies-aged-94

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