Christa Päffgen was a German singer, songwriter, fashion model, actress, keyboard player, and featured on Warhol superstars, best known by her pseudonym Nico.
As a musician, she is remembered for both her time in The Velvet Underground and her solo work.
For over twenty years, Nico was a heroin addict. She died because of a severe cerebral hemorrhage while on holiday with her son in Ibiza, Spain.
Nico has been an influence on many acts. Siouxsie and the Banshees, Patrick Wolf, Bauhaus, Stevie Nicks, Patti Smith, Morrissey, Björk, Coil, Jocelyn Pook, Fabienne Shine (who covered "All Tomorrow's Parties"), Dead Can Dance as well as numerous contemporary goth bands have all cited Nico as a major influence. Two of her songs, "The Fairest of the Seasons" and "These Days", both written by Jackson Browne and taken from Chelsea Girl, are featured in Wes Anderson's film The Royal Tenenbaums.