Emil Ramsauer, a member of Takasa, died at the age of 103
Sad news are coming from Switzerland today – Emil Ramsauser, the man who was the oldest ever participant at the Eurovision Song Contest at the time he was participating, has died at the age of 103. At the age of 95 he represented Switzerland as a member of Takasa.
At the age of 10, he decided to join the Salvation Army as a musician, and he remained a Salvationist until his death. He was married twice and has four children. Even after he had turned 100, he was still performing, playing the baritone horn. Most recently, the 103-year-old lived in a nursing home.
Together with five other Salvationists, Emil was selected to represent Switzerland in Eurovision 2013 with the song “You And Me”. Even though they failed to qualify for the Grand Final, Emil Ramsauer described the performance in Malmö as the appearance of his life.
Our sincere condolences go out to all family members and friends of Emil Ramsauer.