Fans pay tribute as Eurovision star dies aged 63 after battling mystery illness

Fans pay tribute as Eurovision star dies aged 63 after battling mystery illness

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Norwegian singing star Mattis Hætta, best known for representing his country alongside Sverre Kjelsberg in the 1980 Eurovision Song Contest, passed away aged 63 after battling a mystery illness.

Mattis Hætta, the Norwegian singing star best known for representing his country in the 1980 Eurovision Song Contest passed away at the age of 63  today, Friday, November 11. His death was confirmed by his family in a statement to the Norwegian broadcaster NRK. Mattis had been battling a mystery illness they said.

Accompanied by Sverre Kjelsberg, the two performers represented Norway and finished in 16th position in Eurovision. His singing partner Kjelsberg passed away back in 2016.

In a diverse career after their Eurovision appearance, Mattis worked in yoiks in Luleå in Sweden, as well as the Norwegian towns of Kautokeino and Alta. He also performed regularly in pantomimes.

Not content with only singing, Mattis took a training course and became a teacher. Among his albums recorded was one named after his native village of Máze, a village in Kautokeino municipality in Troms. He is survived by his four children and two grandchildren, as reported by


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