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Ana Marie Shorter, Wife of Jazz Musician, Dies On Flight 800

July 20, 1996

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ She was dazzling woman whose jazz musician husband named a song after her, and she was not supposed to be on Flight 800.

Ana Maria Shorter, wife of jazz saxophonist Wayne Shorter, was booked on a flight to Rome that was supposed to leave before the doomed TWA flight.

But she and her niece Dalila Lucien, daughter of jazz musician Jon Lucien, were bumped from their flight and reassigned to Flight 800, which exploded Wednesday with 230 people aboard. There were no survivors.

The trip to Italy was a high school graduation present from Mrs. Shorter to her 18-year-old niece.

``That was just the kind of person she was. She was a very big support to a lot of people, including her husband,″ said Valerie Bass, a neighbor in Hollywood Hills.

Music from some of the world’s greatest jazz musicians often spilled from the home, she said. Mrs. Shorter kept up the home and oversaw dinner parties and business soirees.

Wayne Shorter, who recorded with Miles Davis and co-founded the jazz fusion group Weather Report, canceled his world tour upon hearing the news of his wife’s death. He issued a short statement from his home asking to be left alone.

``She loved life,″ Bass said. ``She was always doing for other people. She was a very, very caring person.″

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