Thursday, 6 September 2007

Opera legend Luciano Pavarotti dies

October 12 1935 - September 6 2007: World renowned Italian tenor Luciano Pavarotti has died at his home in the northern city of Modena. The singer, who was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer last year, was 71.

Pavarotti had cancer surgery in July 2006 in New York, five months after his last performance. He had not made any public appearances since then.

He underwent five bouts of chemotherapy in the past year, and was admitted to hospital with a fever on 8 August. He was released two weeks later following diagnostic tests.

Manager Terri Robson said in a statement that the tenor died at 0500 local time on Thursday. Robson said in a statement: "The Maestro fought a long, tough battle against the pancreatic cancer which eventually took his life. In fitting with the approach that characterised his life and work, he remained positive until finally succumbing to the last stages of his illness."

The Maestro was an icon of Italy and of music, known all over the world, but he was also a dedicated football fan and his love for Juventus and Italy was never a secret.

Pavarotti enjoyed 40 years on the world stage and became one of the world's biggest-selling artists. His music reached far beyond the usual opera audience, particularly his signature tune Nessun Dorma, from Puccini's Turandot, which became associated with the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy.

Pavarotti last sang in public in the peninsula in February 2006, when he performed Nessun Dorma at the opening of the Winter Olympics at the Stadio Olimpico in Turin.

He had hoped that he would overcome his battle with cancer so he could complete his Worldwide Farewell Tour.

He leaves behind his wife Nicoletta Mantovani, their four-year-old daughter, Alice and three daughters from his first marriage.

Source: BBC

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