The world's most famous tenor, Luciano Pavarotti, has died at the age of 71 after a year-long battle with pancreatic cancer.
The legendary opera star is regarded by many as the finest singer of his generation and is best known for his Three Tenors project with Placido Domingo and Jose Carreras.
His manager confirmed this morning that he had died at his home in the northern Italian city of Modena.
Terri Robson said in a statement that the tenor died at 5am local time on Thursday.
"The Maestro fought a long, tough battle against the pancreatic cancer which eventually took his life," she said.
"In fitting with the approach that characterised his life and work, he remained positive until finally succumbing to the last stages of his illness. "
Pavarotti was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer last year and has not made any public appearances since undergoing surgery in July 2006.
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