EUROVISION legend Mattis Hætta has died at the age of 63.
He was most well-known for his performance in 1980 Eurovision Song Contest together with Sverre Jelsberg.
2Mattis Hætta (right) has died after battling a mystery illness
2Mattis Hætta’s family confirmed he died after battling an illness
The pair represented Norway and finished 16th.
The family of the singer confirmed that he died after battling an illness in a statement to Norwegian broadcaster NRK.
His four children and two grandchildren are his survivors.
Hætta’s Eurovision co-star Kjelsberg, who performed alongside him at the 1980 competition, died in 2016.

Following the performance, Mattis went on to work in pantomimes and yoiks in Alta, Kautokeino and Luleå.
He later trained to become a teacher and released an album named after his native village Máze.
Many tributes have been sent to Mattis, with many people fondly reminiscing about his “unforgettable performance at Eurovision”.
One said: “Rest in peace, Mattis Hætta. I will always remember your incredible performance.”

Norwegian singer Mari Boine told NRK: “Mattis Hætta was one of our brave men who helped make the joik visible in Norway and internationally through his collaboration with Sverre Kjelsberg.
“The song Sámiid Eadnan was important and I listened a lot to the album they released together, in the 80s when I started writing myself. 
“So both of these inspired me, you are safe to say.”
A year before his Eurovision performance, Mattis took part in protests against government plans to build an electricity plant near the village of Máze – a place predominantly inhabited by Sami people.
Mattis, who was 20 at the time, started joiking during the protests near the Norwegian parliament in 1979. 

The 1980 Eurovision performance raised awareness about important issues for the Sami people.
Despite coming 16th in the competition, Sámiid Eadnan marked one of the first times joiking was heard on a global stage.



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