Luxembourg musician, singer and entertainer Faustino Cima–better known as Fausti–has died aged 80, his family confirmed over the weekend.
Fausti was born in Luxembourg on 24 July 1940 and discovered his talent for music as a child, learning to play the violin and accordion and later adding guitar and the drums. He performed in numerous bands, for example playing the drums for Udo Jürgens when he won the Eurovision Song Contest for Austria in 1966.
He recorded numerous albums in German before releasing his first Luxembourgish record in 1983. Fausti was a popular performer at Luxembourg events, such as carnival parties and the Päischtcroisière cruise, but also television and other appearances.
Prime minister Xavier Bettel (DP) on Twitter commented: “We grew up with him and could always count on him to conjure up a smile on our face. Today we must say goodbye to Fausti. An incredible musician and very kind person has left us, the memory remains.”