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German singer Roger Cicero dies aged 45

29 March 2016 at 14:29 CEST
Roger Cicero has died from a stroke at the age of 45. The jazz, pop and swing singer represented Germany in the 2007 Eurovision Song Contest in Helsinki with the song Frauen regier'n die Welt (Women Rule The World). 

Roger Cicero was born to a family of musicians in Berlin on 6th July 1970, his father being a jazz pianist and his mother a dancer.

Already at the age of 16, Roger Cicero had his first TV appearance in the RIAS dance orchestra. From 1991 to 1996 he studied jazz singing in Hilversum, and he joined a big band.

His personal style has always been heavily influenced by the 1940s and 1950s swing music, combined with lyrics in the German language. He released his first solo album Männersachen in 2006, which sold over one million copies until 2009. To date, he has released seven albums.

In 2007 he won the German national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest with Frauen regier'n die Welt, a song written by Matthias Haß and Frank Ramon. In the end he placed 19th with 24 points.

He continued to have a successful career after his Eurovision Song Contest participation. In 2008 he had his first role as an actor in the German film Hilde and he hosted several TV shows. His song Für nichts auf dieser Welt became the official German fan song for the UEFA European Championship in 2012.

Roger died on 24th March 2016 leaving behind a son who was born in 2008. His management asked fans to make donations to the charity Save The Children which Cicero supported. 

On behalf of the entire Eurovision Song Contest family, we extend our heartfelt sympathy to Roger Cicero's family and friends.