Pavarotti was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer last year, and had cancer surgery in July in New York, five months after his last performance. He underwent five bouts of chemotherapy in the past year, and was admitted to hospital with a fever on 8 August. He was released two weeks later following diagnostic tests. Although his wife had told papers he was fighting like a lion, it had been feared that he had gone home to die among his friends and family, says the BBC's Christian Fraser in Rome.
For a die-hard rocker like myself, it was always a little strange to find myself singing along (as best I could!) to his music. I can listen to Nesson Dorma countless times and never get tired of it, nor ever fail to feel the power and majesty in that voice. Hell, listening to him inspired me to sing, too.
Luciano Pavarotti is one of the few that truly earned the right to be called Maestro, and I am greatly saddened at his passing. Still...and it may be a cliché...he will live forever through his music.