Whether a former contestant has been incredibly successful or returned to life outside the spotlights after his or her participation, each passing is sad, especially because of the personal tragedy behind it. After all, each former contestant is first and foremost someone's parent, child, life partner or friend — or all of them.
The independent fan sites were quick to share the sad news shortly after it was announced by Swiss television.
This year's Swiss representatives at the Eurovision Song Contest ZiBBZ also expressed their sadness on Twitter:
The BBC commemorated Lys Assia by sharing here 'coronation' as Queen of Eurovision during the 60th anniversary show they hosted in London, back in 2015.
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Being the first ever Eurovision winner, Lys Assia may have been entitled to the title of First Lady of the contest, yet she never took it for granted. In fact, she acted as proud ambassador for the contest, the success of which no one could imagine back in the days she took part and won. Especially in the last fifteen years Lys Assia proudly carried out the duties of her role as ambassador — a role with unspoken and unwritten duties, most of which she defined herself.
The EBU has always appreciated Lys Assia's ambassadorship, warmly welcoming her at the Eurovision Song Contest.