ESC star Margot Eskens died at the age of 85

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Margot Eskens became a hit icon in the 1950s and 1960s and sang in Germany at the ESC 1966 among the top ten. Now the hit legend has passed away. (Photomontage) © IMAGO/teutopress & IMAGO / POP-EYE

The trained dental assistant became a celebrated pop star in the 1950s. Now Margot Eskens died at the age of 85 in a retirement home.

Woerthersee – Margot Eskens passed away a few days before her 86th birthday. Most recently, the hit legend lived in “another world of its own”. That’s how her brother Karl Hermann explained the condition of his sister a year ago in an interview with “Bild am Sonntag”. In 2013, the musician was diagnosed with dementia. The here and now no longer existed for Margot, Brother Karl Hermann explained at the time, she had lived her life. Unfortunately, this has now become even more of a reality. Eskens died in a retirement home on Lake Wörthersee, where she had spent the past few years.

In 1954, the trained dental assistant laid the foundation for a hit career that would reverberate years later. At the young age of 17, Eskens prevailed in a “Polydor” young talent competition. In the years that followed, the up-and-coming star landed her greatest successes in the music sky with, among others, “Tiritomba”, “Cindy, oh Cindy” and “Ein Herz, das kann man nicht werden”. To date, the hit legend has sold more than 40 million records.

Golden hit parade 1992, guest star: pop singer Margot Esken.
Pop singer Margot Esken in 1992 at the “Golden Hit Parade” © IMAGO / United Archives

Margot Eskens: Shortly after her husband’s death, she was diagnosed with dementia

In 1966, Margot was also our representative for Germany at the Eurovision Song Contest. The singer made it to number 10 with the song “The Hands of the Clock”. In the 50s and 60s, Margot Eskens sang her way into the hearts of fans and became a celebrated hit star. In 2005, the icon was awarded the “Platinum Tuning Fork” on the occasion of her 50th stage anniversary. After the death of her husband Karl-Heinz Münchow († 89) in 2011, the musician then withdrew from the public.

Only a few years later, fate struck her – Margot Eskens had to face the diagnosis of dementia. Shortly thereafter, the hit legend moved to a retirement home with specialized nursing staff and from then on lived “among like-minded people”, as brother Karl-Hermann put it. Organically, Margot Eskens was still healthy, she had no pain. However, her head no longer gave any impulses to run, which is why the hit icon was taken for a walk by nursing staff in a wheelchair, her brother explains further.

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