Luciano Pavarotti, hailed by many as the greatest tenor of his generation, died on Thursday.
The Italian Opera Star died on Thursday after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. Luciano died
today at 5 a.m. (11 p.m. Wednesday EDT) at his home in Modena. He was 71.
He fought a long, tough battle against the pancreatic cancer which eventually took his life.
He remained positive until finally succumbing to the last stages of his illness.
Luciano underwent surgery in New York for pancreatic cancer and retreated to his villa in Modena.
He had to cancel his first planned public reappearance a few months later.
He was taken to a hospital in Modena last month and treated for more than
two weeks. He was released on August 25, and spent his final hours at home with family and
friends nearby. He is survived by his wife, Nicoletta, their four-year-old daughter, Alice, as well
as three daughters from Pavarotti's first marriage.
Mayor Pighi said Pavarotti's funeral would probably be held Saturday.
"Pavarotti wanted to die at home. I saw him last week. He was very worn by the illness but he wanted to make conversation. We even spoke in the local dialect," Pighi said.
RIKD-"Luciano Pavarotti showed the world his mastery of his musical art form. Singers from around the world came to perform with him
drawn to him like a magnet because of his great talent. He had the most powerful voice in music, when performing Nessuno Dorma
he seemed almost to visibly draw energy into himself and release it masterfully in song. The world will miss this great talent and voice
but fortunately his performances are recorded and will live on". In his own words he said :
"Penso che una vita nella musica sia una vita ben spesa ed è quello a cui ho dedicato la mia vita" "I think a life in music is a life
beautifully spent and this is what I have devoted my life to".
He shared with us and the world a life wonderfully and beautifully spent.
BIO-Luciano Pavarotti was born in Modena, Italy, on October 12, 1935. Luciano when a young boy, soccer was his favorite pastime and he became known as a member of his town's team locally. His mother, Adele, who worked in a tobacco factory, and father, Fernando, a baker, instilled a love for music and singing in young Luciano. The father was himself a talented amateur tenor, and brought his son along to sing in Modena's Corale Rossi. Pavarotti's enthusiasm shifted from football to opera when the chorus took first prize in an international competition in Wales.
Luciano works live on though and some of these
can be heard at: Luciano Pavarotti