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Background information
Birth name Christa Päffgen
Born 16 October 1938(1938-10-16)
Origin Cologne, West Germany
Died 18 July 1988(1988-07-18) (aged 49)
Ibiza, Spain
Genres Art rock, folk rock, protopunk, experimental music, avant-garde music
Occupation(s) Composer, singer, actress
Instruments Vocals, harmonium, harpsichord, piano, tambourine
Years active 1963–1988
Associated acts The Velvet Underground, John Cale, Lou Reed, Brian Jones, Kevin Ayers, John Cooper Clarke, The Invisible Girls, Blue Orchids, Bob Dylan, Brian Eno

Nico (born Christa Päffgen; 16 October 1938 – 18 July 1988) was a German singer, songwriter, actress, and Warhol Superstar. She is featured on the first album by the New York rock band The Velvet Underground, The Velvet Underground & Nico.

She was born in Cologne. She grew up in Brandenburg and Berlin.

She made six solo studio albums.

She died on holiday in the Spanish island of Ibiza, of a cerebral hemorrhage while riding her bicycle.[1]

Nico was born Christa Päffgen. When she was 16 the photographer Herbert Tobias gave her the name Nico. Nico moved to Paris and began working for Vogue, Tempo, Vie Nuove, Mascotte Spettacolo, Camera, Elle, and other fashion magazines.


  1. Strong, Martin C. (2000). The Great Rock Discography (5th ed.). Edinburgh: Mojo Books. pp. 696–697. ISBN 1-84195-017-3 .