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Flamenco Singer Jimenez Dies

June 15, 1999

MADRID, Spain (AP) _ One of flamenco’s leading singers, Dolores Jimenez Alcantara, better known as ``La Nina de la Puebla″ (The Girl from Puebla), has died. She was 90.

Jimenez suffered a brain hemorrhage during a performance last weekend in the southwestern town of Huelva. She was later taken to a hospital in the coastal city of Malaga where she died on Monday, news reports said.

The singer was given her stage name in recognition of her birthplace, Puebla de Cazalla, just outside Seville.

She was to have received Spain’s Gold Medal for Fine Arts from King Juan Carlos next week.

Blind from childhood, Jimenez dedicated herself to music from her early years and in the 1960s and 1970s captured the hearts of flamenco artists and fans. Admired for her ability to sing in a wide range of flamenco styles, she was probably best known for popularizing the Spanish traditional song ``Los campanilleros″ (The Bell Ringers).

``We have lost a fundamental representative of flamenco’s past,″ guitarist Manolo Sanlucar said of Jimenez.

She is survived by her five children from her marriage to late flamenco singer Lucas Soto Martin. She was to be buried Tuesday in Malaga.

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