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Eurovision: First winner Lys Assia dies aged 94

Eurovision: First winner Lys Assia dies aged 94
From BBC - March 24, 2018

The first person to win the Eurovision Song Contest, Lys Assia, has died at the age of 94, competition organisers have announced.

She took the prize for Switzerland in 1956, with the song Refrain, and went on to perform in two more contests.

Lys Assia died on Saturday at the Zollikerberg Hospital in Zurich.

Eurovision described her as the "first lady" of the competition, and said it planned further tributes to her in the coming days.

Assia's triumph in the first-ever Eurovision came in Lugano, Switzerland. She finished eighth in the 1957 contest but achieved more success a year later, coming second with her song, Giorgio.

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