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A tenor known for his larger-than-life showmanship, Luciano Pavarotti helped expand the popularity of opera worldwide.
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Pavrotti performed "Nessun Dorma" during his last major performance, at the opening of the Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy, in February 2006.
While preparing to resume his 40-city farewell tour in July 2006, Pavrotti underwent emergency surgery at a New York hospital to remove a pancreatic tumor.
The tenor underwent another two weeks of treatment in August 2007 at a hospital in his hometown of Modena, Italy. He was released two weeks before his death,
attended to at home by cancer specialists. He died on September 6, 2007 at the age of 71.
Pavarotti is survived by four daughters, three with his first wife Adua and one with his second wife, Nicoletta Mantovani. He had one granddaughter.
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