Lys Assia, winner of the first ever Eurovision Song Contest in 1956, was hit by a burglar in her house in Cannes this New Year's Eve, as Swiss newspaper Blick reports. The 78 year old singer was injured, but survived the attack. The burglar killed her dachshund 'Lucky'.
'I was alone, when my dachshund 'Lucky' began to bark. I let him out into the garden, when suddenly a huge man jumped into the room. He yelled: 'I want money and jewellery'! When I refused, he feriously hit me”, the singer told. “I fainted and lay on the cold floor for two hours. There was blood everywhere”.
When Assia came back to consciousness, she could alert a neighbour and was brought to a hospital, where she needed to undergo an eye surgery. The singer survived the attack, but lost her dog. “'Lucky' was the last dear thing I had”, she said to the paper. The widow of Danish hotel keeper Oscar Pedersen lived in France after her husband's death, but plans to return to Switzerland this January.
esctoday.com wishes Miss Assia a quick recovery!