Entertainer Heesters dies at age 108

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Posted: Dec 24, 2011 12:34 PM
Entertainer Heesters dies at age 108

The agent for Dutch-born entertainer Johannes Heesters says the artist died on Christmas Eve. He was 108.

Heesters made his name performing in Adolf Hitler's Germany and was dogged later in his decades-long career by controversy over his Nazi-era past.

Agent Juergen Ross said Heesters died at the hospital in the southern city of Starnberg early Saturday.

Heesters' career took off in Berlin, where _ starting in 1935, two years after the Nazis took power _ he became a crowd favorite at the Komische Oper and Admiralspalast.

Heesters was never accused of being a propagandist or anything other than an artist willing to perform for the Nazis, and the Allies allowed him to continue his career after the war, when he took Austrian citizenship.