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Renowned Swiss Clown Gaston Häni Passes Away, Leaving a Legacy of Laughter

Swiss clown Gaston Häni, a cherished figure in the world of circus, has passed away at 72. His illustrious career, marked by memorable performances and awards, leaves a lasting legacy.

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Renowned Swiss Clown Gaston Häni Passes Away, Leaving a Legacy of Laughter

The world of circus has lost one of its most vibrant and endearing characters. Renowned Swiss clown Gaston Häni, affectionately known simply as 'Gaston', has passed away at the age of 72 following a battle with cancer. Born into a circus family in 1951, Gaston's love for the circus was evident from the tender age of 14, when he first stepped into the ring as a clown. His journey took him to the center stage of some of the most prestigious circuses around the world, including the Swiss National Circus Knie and the Zirkus Conelli, where he became a beloved fixture.

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A Legacy Etched in Laughter

Gaston's career was a testament to his exceptional talent and charismatic personality. In 1973, he joined the Swiss National Circus Knie, where he formed a significant partnership with Rolf Knie and the celebrated white clown Pipo Sosman. For four years, Gaston and his partners filled arenas with laughter and joy, leaving an indelible mark on the circus industry. His talent didn't go unnoticed; in 1976, Gaston was honored at the prestigious Circus Festival of Monte-Carlo by Prince Rainier of Monaco.

Return to Roots and Final Bow

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In 2011, Gaston returned to the Swiss Circus Nock, a stage he first graced in 1968 alongside his mother, Carola, herself a gifted clown. This time, Gaston was accompanied by his trusted colleague Roli, and together they completed their final Swiss tour in 2015. The circus, as they say, must go on, but Gaston's departure from the ring marked the end of an era. His contribution to the art of clowning was later recognized in 2017, when he was awarded the "Lifetime Achievement Award" at the international Circus Festival in Val d’Oise–Dumont, Paris.

Leaving a Joyful Legacy

Despite his illness, those who knew him remember Gaston as a kind and humorous person. He lived with his partner in Arbon, Thurgau, and is survived by three adult children and grandchildren. His loss leaves a void in the world of circus, but his laughter, joy, and the legacy he created through his performances will continue to resonate with audiences for generations to come.

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