Summary: Italian legendary opera singer whose vibrant high C notes and ebullient showmanship made him the most beloved and celebrated tenor since Caruso and one of the few opera singers to win crossover fame as a popular superstar, who was known to serious fans for the unforced beauty and thrilling urgency of his voice that made him the ideal interpreter of the Italian lyric repertory, especially in the 1960's and 1970's when he first achieved stardom and became a true media star in the mid-1970's appearing in TV commercials and outdoor megaconcerts and in stadiums around the world including a concert in New York City's Central Park in 1993 that drew 500,000 fans, but who was instantly recognizable from his charcoal black beard and tuxedo-busting girth before he later teamed with Placido Domingo and Jose Carreras to tour as the "Three Tenors."
Cause of Death: Pancreatic cancer
Born: October 12, 1935
Died: September 6, 2007
Location: Modena, Italy