Karel Gott, the Czech singer who represented Austria at the 1968 Eurovision Song Contest, has died at the age of 80.
Karel’s wife Ivana has confirmed that he had passed away at his home on Tuesday evening after battling a long illness. His professional singing career began in 1960, where he studied opera at the Prague Conservatory under Konstantin Karenin. Two years later he released his first single “Až nám bude dvakrát tolik”, a duet with jazz singer Vlasta Průchová.
He went on to release his first album in 1965, and three years later he represented Austria at the 1968 Eurovision Song Contest. With his song “Tausend Fenster”, he finished in 13th place.
Karel went on to release over 100 albums over the span of award-winning career, as well as recording the introduction song to the German-Japanese anime Maya the Bee.