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🇫🇮 Pave Maijanen passes away, aged 70

We are sad to report that Pave Maijanen has passed away. The Finnish singer represented his country at the Eurovision Song Contest 1992. He died at the age of 70.

Pave Maijanen: A true multi talent

It’s safe to say that Pave Maijanen was a true multi talent. He was born in 1950 in Lappeenranta, in the south east of Finland. In his teenage years, he already started playing with several bands. His work included both vocal performances as well as work as a bass player. Pave Maijanen released his first ever solo single in 1975.

It wasn’t until the 1980s that Maijanen decided to record music in Finnish as well. His success reached new heights. His single Aiaiai became a disco hit, with the albums Maijanen and Palava Sydän both reaching diamond status in Finland.

After a less successful start of the 1990s, Pave Maijanen decided to enter the Eurovision Song Contest. He however finished in last place with his song Yamma Yamma. At the end of the decade, he founded a new group alongside fellow Eurovision entrant Kirka. They were called Mestarit Areenalla and sold out ice hockey arenas all over Finland.

In the latter stages of his career, he joined forces with Finnish group Wigwam on their tours and work. It was also there when his health issues first became apparent.

ALS diagnosis

During the 2018 tour with Wigwam, people noticed Pave’s struggles with his fingers and his speech. A while after that, Pave Maijanen got diagnosed with ALS, a progressive nervous system disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord, causing loss of muscle control.

Maijanen made the news of his diagnosis public in late 2020, as he was forced to end his musical career due to his illness. He passed away at the age of 70 today, on 16th January 2021.

The thoughts of the entire ESCXTRA.com Team are with Pave Maijanen’s family and friends in these difficult times.

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