Thursday 22 February 2018

'Pavarotti's heir' dies after scooter crash aged 43

Italian opera star Salvatore Licitra has died from head injuries following a scooter accident last month.

The leading tenor, seen as the greatest artist to fill the shoes of the late Luciano Pavarotti, fell and hit his head when he lost control of

his scooter late on August 27 near the Sicilian city of Ragusa. He was 43 years old.

He was flown by helicopter to a hospital in Catania, where his condition was described as very serious.

"Salvatore Licitra did not make it," a statement posted on his official website said. "The doctors have declared him brain dead."

His family agreed to his organs being transplanted, it said.

The Swiss-born tenor debuted in 1998 but made his international breakthrough in 2002 when he stepped in for Pavarotti in Puccini's "Tosca", at New York's Metropolitan Opera. The New York Times had praised him for his "worthiness of the great Italian tradition".

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