The Herald

Famed tenor left in a coma dies


ROME: Giuseppe Di Stefano, left, one of the greatest tenors of the 20th century and a celebrated singing partner of soprano Maria Callas, died yesterday, aged 86.

He had been in a coma caused by an attack during a robbery at his holiday home in Mombasa, Kenya, in 2004. He never fully recovered from the beating.

Fellow Italian tenor Luciano Pavarotti owed him his launch to stardom. When Di Stefano dropped out of a performanc­e of La Boheme at Covent Garden in 1963, Pavarotti performed as the stand-in and a star was born.

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