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Opera singer Jessye Norman dies at 74

4 years 9 months 2 weeks ago Tuesday, October 01 2019 Oct 1, 2019 October 01, 2019 4:26 AM October 01, 2019 in News
Source: CNN

Acclaimed opera singer Jessye Norman died Monday at the age of 74.

The official cause of death was septic shock and multi-organ failure, secondary to complications of a spinal cord injury she sustained in 2015.

Norman became a leading figure in the opera world at a time when few African Americans were recognized in the arena. She won four Grammy's and the National Medal of Arts.

When word of her death hit social media, a multitude of celebrities and musicians took to Instagram and Twitter to honor Norman.

Musician Questlove said on Instagram: "God Rest Your Soul Queen Jessye. #JessyeNorman." And, the Canadian Opera Company tweeted that the singer's death was "a great loss for the world of opera."

Norman is survived by a brother and sister. 


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