Vlatko Ilievski, who represented Macedonia at the Eurovision Song Contest 2011, has died at the age of 33.
The police confirmed that he had been found in a Toyota car on the 3rd Macedonian Brigade Boulevard in Skopje. The Ministry of Internal Affairs announced that the Public Prosecutor has carried out an inspection and Vlatko’s body was subsequently handed over for autopsy. The cause of death is still unknown.
Vlatko began his career with the band in 2000. The band released an album in 2003 and were also the support act for English rock band Deep Purple when they played in Skopje. He began a successful solo career in 2007 and released two albums. He participated in Skopje Fest, the former Macedonian national final, in 2010 with the song “Srekja” (Happiness). He tied for first place but lost out on going to Oslo to due a tiebreak rule. He returned the following year and won. He represented Macedonia in Dusseldorf with “Rusinka” (Russian Girl) and placed 16th in the second semi-final, thus failing to qualify for the final.
Macedonia at the Eurovision Song Contest
FYR Macedonia has had a string of poor results in recent years failing to reach the final every year since 2012. The country debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1998, however, two years earlier they attempted to participate but was knocked out in the pre-qualifying round. In 2016 they were represented by Kaliopi for a second time with the song “Dona”, she missed out on the final finishing in 11th in her semi-final. FYR Macedonia’s best result to date is a 12th place finish in the 2006 Eurovision Song Contest represented by Elena Risteska and the song “Ninanajna”.