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Father of Luciano Pavarotti Dies

May 29, 2002

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MODENA, Italy (AP) _ The father of opera star Luciano Pavarotti died in a clinic in Modena, the family’s hometown, at age 89.

Fernando Pavarotti died early Friday at the Hesperia Hospital, officials at the clinic said. They released no other details.

The Italian news agency ANSA said he had been hospitalized for a week.

The tenor, who reportedly was by his father’s side when he died, lost his mother, Adele Venturi, in January.

Fernando Pavarotti, who was once a baker, made a brief appearance on stage during a concert last year marking his son’s 40th anniversary in opera.

Four days after the elder Pavarotti’s death, the 66-year-old singer performed at his annual charity concert in Modena, ``Pavarotti & Friends.″

Pavarotti sang a 1990s Italian song ``Miserere″ in a duet with Andrea Bocelli, then thanked the crowd for its enthusiasm. He appeared tired and at one point leaned on a piano for support. Tuesday night’s concert raised money for Angolan refugees in Zambia.

Pavarotti recently canceled two performances of ``Tosca″ at the last minute at New York’s Metropolitan Opera because he had the flu. They were his last scheduled performances of staged opera.

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