Agathonas Iakovidis has passed away after a heart attack

| August 6, 2020

Agathonas Iakovidis, who represented Greece at Eurovision 2013, has passed away at the age of 65 due to a heart attack.

The singer and composer represented Greece along with Koza Mostra and their song “Alcohol Is Free” at the Eurovision Song Contest 2013, where they achieved a good sixth place in the grand final with 152 points.

Agathonas was born on January 2, 1955 in Evangelismos and started playing music in 1971, where he learnt to play almost all the stringed instruments on his own. He made his first professional appearance back in 1973 and created the “Rebetiko Band of Thessaloniki” a few years later. After moving to Athens in 1981, he became more popular and gave concerts all over Greece and abroad.

In 2013 he got the opportunity to represent his country Greece at the Eurovision Song Contest in Sweden, which he did very successfully.

Our thoughts are with Agathonas’ family and friends during this difficult time.

Greece in Eurovision

Since making its debut in the 1974 Eurovision Song Contest, Greece has participated 40 times, missing only 6 contests. After getting 3rd place in 2001 and 2004, Greece’s first victory came in 2005 when Helena Paparizou sang My Number One. Helena brought the contest to Athens in 2006. In 2008 Kalomira won the semi-final, and got 3rd place in the final with her song Secret Combination. Some of Greece’s most memorable entries include Ellada, Chora Tou Fotos (1993), (I Would) Die For You (2001), Alcohol is Free (2013) and Better Love (2019). Dutch-Greek singer Stefania was selected to represent Greece in the 2020 contest, before it got cancelled. In 2021, Stefania will represent Greece in Rotterdam.

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