We are sad to report that Örs Siklósi, the lead singer of AWS, has passed away at the age of 29. His musical friends announced his passing on their Instagram today. Örs had been suffering from leukaemia.
“Örs was the fire himself”
On social media, AWS confirmed that Örs Siklósi was diagnosed with leukaemia in June 2020. He had not yet spoken about his illness publicly, but was planning to do so in January of this year. Other plans included a return to the stage later this year and his first ever solo albums, which was scheduled to come out in spring.
The members of AWS spoke about their friend and colleague, calling his bravery and dignity during the time of his illness as ‘exemplary’, as well as describing Örs as ‘the fire himself’. You can read the band’s statement below:
To say the unspeakable, to write what no words can describe. This is what we need to do now. Last June Örs had been diagnosed with leukaemia and now we are deeply saddened to inform you that he passed away yesterday.
He wanted to open up about his illness last month, he had planned to release his first solo record this Spring and we were set to make the fifth AWS record and play shows again this Fall.
During this period his bravery and dignity were exemplary. His creativity, the depth of his lyrics and his presence on the stage will be greatly missed. Losing him is beyond our reach and he will leave a vast space not just in our lives but in the music scene.
Örs was the fire himself, warm hearted companion and friend, an inspiring person whom you could trust and always relay on. He was a true wonder.
We’re opening our arms and hearts to his family, his friends and everyone who ever felt touched even through his lyrics. We were all very lucky to have had him in our lives and as much as Örs will be missed by us all, he will remain with us all, every day, as long as we can remember.
AWS in Lisbon
Örs Siklósi and his band represented Hungary at the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 in Lisbon. Their song, Viszlat Nyár, contained a sound Eurovision had hardly ever seen before. Delivered with passion and style, AWS qualified for the final and turned themselves into fan favourites.
That also had to do with their attitude towards the contest and the people involved. On social media, fans are honouring Örs Siklósi by sharing their memories of him and his Eurovision adventure.
Viszlat Nyár was written by the band members of AWS, including Örs. The song speaks of the death of Örs’s own father. The lyrics mention the legacy that someone leaves behind after they pass away, stating that it is important to keep living, even if someone you love is no longer there. For those who’ve ever been touched by his music, his lyrics or his presence, these are the words that will live on.
The thoughts and prayers of the entire ESCXTRA.com Team are with Örs Siklósi’s friends and family in these difficult times. May Örs Siklósi rest in peace.