Italian tenor Luciano Pavarotti dies at 71. Sep,6,2007 By Alssandra Rizzo, AP. Opening Paragraph.
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ROME -- Luciano Pavarotti, whose vibrant high C\'s and ebullient showmanship made him the most beloved and celebrated tenor since Caruso and one of the few opera singers to win crossover fame as a popular superstar, died Thursday. He was 71.
"The Maestro fought a long, tough battle against the pancreatic cancer which eventually took his life. In fitting with the approach that characterized his life and work, he remained positive until finally succumbing to the last stages of his illness," the statement said.
For serious fans, the unforced beauty and thrilling urgency of Pavarotti\'s voice made him the ideal interpreter of the Italian lyric repertory, especially in the 1960s and \'70s when he first achieved stardom. For millions more, his charismatic performances of standards like "Nessun dorma" from Puccini\'s "Turandot" came to represent what opera is all about.