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Legendary Opera Singer Jessye Norman Dies At 74
Four-time GRAMMY winner and Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement recipient Jessye Norman, who dazzled the world with her soprano voice, has died at the age of 74.
The renowned opera star died this morning from complications of a spinal cord injury she experienced in 2015, the Associated Press reports. She died at Mount Sinai St. Luke's Hospital in New York.
Norman was a trailblazing opera singer, who grew up singing in church and rose to prominence in a world where not many black singers were permitted. She won her first GRAMMY at the 27th GRAMMY Awards for Ravel: Songs Of Maurice Ravel in the Best Classical Vocal Soloist Performance category.
"We are so proud of Jessye’s musical achievements and the inspiration that she provided to audiences around the world that will continue to be a source of joy. We are equally proud of her humanitarian endeavors addressing matters such as hunger, homelessness, youth development, and arts and culture education," a statement to the AP said.