FYR Macedonia: Vlatko Ilievski passes away aged 33

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Singer Vlatko Ilievski, who represented FYR Macedonia at the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest, has unexpectedly passed away at the young age of 33.

Reports are coming in this morning across media in FYR Macedonia that one of the most popular rock singers in the country and former Eurovision representative, Vlatko Ilievski, has been found dead in the country’s capital of Skopje.

According to Press24, the singer was found in a Toyota car last night at 23:00 local time, where Ilievski has already passed away. No further details have been confirmed as of writing this article, with a post-mortem to be carried out.

The news has shocked the people of FYR Macedonia this morning, together with the entire Eurovision community. The singer had only celebrated his 33rd birthday last week.

The life of Vlatko Ilievski

Ilievski started his career in 2000 after joining rock band Morality. The band went on the record music the following year, before releasing their debut album in 2003.

Years after in 2007, Ilievsk decided to embark on a solo career, performing in many festivals throughout the country, including Ohrid Fest, Makfest and Skopje Fest.

The singer’s first solo concert took place in 2010 at the Boris Trajkovski Hall in Skopje, filling the 10,000 capacity venue and performing with his old band onstage. The following year, the artist was selected to compete at the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest.

The singer earned the right to compete at Eurovision following his win at the country’s national final, Skopje Fest, beating 19 other entries in total.

Ilievski competed in the host city of Düsseldorf with his entry Rusinka, performed both in the Macedonian and English languages with Russian influences, however the country eventually finished in 16th place in their semi-final with 36 points.

Ilievski’s career has continued to expand ever since, once again attempting to represent FYR Macedonia at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2015. In total, the singer released 2 albums during his career.

Here at ESCToday, we pass on our thoughts and sympathies to the family and friends of Vlatko Ilievski.

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