Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Italian Tenor Pavarotti Died

Luciano Pavarotti died on Thursday morning at his home in Mondena - related Ansa.

His manager, Terri Robson, told the AP in an e-mailed statement that Pavarotti died at his home in Modena, Italy, at 5 a.m. local time. Pavarotti had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer last year and underwent further treatment in August. " 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 statement said.

The famous singer was hospitalized on August 8th in a Modena’s Polyclinic and was being kept under observation. On Saturday Pavarotti returned to his home and family for further recovery.

At his side when he died were his wife, Nicoletta; his four daughters; his sister, Gabriela; his nephews and close relatives and friends, Robson said.

For his fans, the Pavarotti's voice made him the ideal interpreter of the Italian lyric repertory. For millions more, his charismatic presentations of standards like "Nessun Dorma" from Puccini's "Turandot" became representatives for what opera is all about.