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Spanish soprano Montserrat Caballé dies at 85

Spanish singer Montserrat Caballé has died at the age of 85. The press officer confirms she died early Saturday morning at Santa Creu Hospital in Barcelona, Spain.

Prime Minister of Spain, Pedro Sanchez says he is in grief about the news.- A big messenger from our country is dead. Montserrat Caballé, her voice and gentleness will always be among us, he writes on Twitter.

King Felipe sends his condolences and calls her “a legend”. Caballé was initially hospitalized with gall bladder problems a couple of weeks ago. She had been suffering from health problems for several years. She could hardly walk and sat in the wheelchair for the rest of the time. During her recent performance she was seen sitting on wheelchair

Caballé was born April 12, 1933 in Barcelona. She first showed her musical talent when she was seven-year-old. She got her international breakthrough in 1965 in Gaetano Donizetti’s “Lucrezia Borgia” at Carnegie Hall in New York. Since then she became a world famous soprano and stood on stage over 4,000 times.

Caballé also had a guest performance in popular music world. In 1987 she performed duet with Queen singer Freddie Mercury on the song “Barcelona”. It became a hit and followed up with an album with the same title. The song also became official Olympic song during the summer Olympics in Barcelona in 1992.

Caballé leaves two children with the Spanish tenor Bernabe Marti: Bernabe Marti Jr. and Montserrat Marti.

Montserrat Marti has followed on the mother’s footsteps.

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