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American Singer Ruth Reese Dies in Oslo

October 26, 1990

OSLO, Norway (AP) _ Singer, writer and poet Ruth Reese has died in Oslo, where she had lived for 30 years, friends and family said. She was 69.

The black artist collapsed Thursday during an address to Norway’s SOS Rasisme after the anti-racism group made her its first honored member, said its leader Khalid Salimi. He said she died immediately. Cause of death was not known.

Reese was born March 10, 1921 in Alabama, grew up in Chicago and studied music in New York and London. She settled in Norway in 1960, after having made visits to the country during her European tours.

She sang classical music, spirituals, gospel and blues, and had said she wanted to increase understanding of black culture. Reese wrote two books in Norwegian, one of which was printed in English under the title, ″My Way.″

Reese won the the 1989 Golden Poet award from the U.S. association, World of Poetry, for a work called, ″To Stop a Story,″ said Salimi.

She is survived by her husband, Paul Shetelig.

Funeral arrangements were incomplete.

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