Finnish singer and former Eurovision representative Ann-Christine Nyström-Silén has died after a long-term illness. The sad news were verified to the Finnish media by the singer’s husband Arne Silén. Nyström-Silén died at the age of 78.
Ann-Christine Nyström-Silén, better known as her artist name Ann-Christine, was born in 1944 in Helsinki. Her singing career started in 1961 when she successfully entered a singing competition and got a recording contract. She had many hit songs in Finland in the 1960’s and she also collaborated with other Finnish artists, for example the Finnish music legend and UMK 2021 finalist Danny.
Ann-Christine represented Finland in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1966 with her song Playboy, which was written by the legendary Finnish Eurovision conductor Ossi Runne. Playboy finished 10th in the contest with 7 points. Playboy became a big hit song in Finland.
In 2014 Ann-Christine told the Finnish newspaper Helsingin Sanomat, that she was happy she got to represent Finland in Eurovision with precisely Playboy.
That song was so perfect for me. I was completely myself, totally pop girl.
In the middle of the 1970’s Ann-Christine moved to Sweden and left the show business behind her. She worked in a bank for 20 years. In Finland she was last seen in 2012 as a guest artist of Danny’s 70-year-old celebration concert.
According to Arne Silén, Ann-Christine died in the October 5th 2022 in the Danderyd hospital in Stockholm. The cause of her death was the decline of her heart function, which was caused by her long-term illness. Arne Silén told the Finnish newspaper Ilta-Sanomat that he was next to his wife during the last moments of her life. The couple was together for 39 years.
We want to express our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Ann-Christine Nyström-Silén and thank the great artist for her great music, which will be remembered.