Singer Nella Martinetti died on Friday after being hospitalised with pancreatic cancer. She was 65.
The Ticinese musician achieved national fame in 1986 when she won the Grand Prix of Popular Music with her song, "Bella Musica".
She also penned “Ne partez pas sans moi” (Don’t leave without me), the song with which Canadian singer Celine Dion won the 1988 Eurovision Song Contest on behalf of Switzerland. It was the last time Switzerland won the contest.
Born in Brissago in 1946, Martinetti first trained as a school teacher before embarking on a career as a television presenter.
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