German media has just reported that 2007 representative from Germany, Roger Cicero has passed away at the age of 45 after being diagnozed with chronic fatigue syndrome. His career extended for almost 15 years, making him one of Germany’s most beloved musical celebrities.
The jazz/pop singer was born into a musical family, his father was a renowned jazz pianist and his mother a professional dancer. He started performing publicly alongside famous German acts like Helen Vita at the age of 11. He later studied at the Hohner conservatory, focusing on piano and voice.
Cicero continued his studies in jazz singing in the Netherlands and established the Roger Cicero jazz quartet in 2003. Shortly thereafter he shifted his focus to swing, playing with big bands and recapturing the sounds of the post-war era. By 2006, he had become a household name in Germany.
Other career highlights included and his participation in the movie “Hilde,” a biographic film based on the life of Hildegard Knef, Germany’s most famous post-war actress and singer.
In 2012, he also recorded “Für nichts auf dieser Welt” – Germany’s anthem for the 2012 UEFA European Soccer Championship.
Roger had suffered chronic fatigue syndrome, which led to his untimely death through an aneurysm on Thursday, March 24. Although, his family made the news of his death public on today.
From our team we hope Roger may rest in peace and our condolences to all his family.