Rome – The Italian singer and composer Lucio Dalla died yesterday morning in his hotel in Montreux, Switzerland, during a European tour. He would have turned 69 this coming Sunday. According to his company, Music Management, based in Bologna, Dalla died of a heart attack after taking his breakfast in Montreux, where he gave a concert yesterday.
Idol of Italian popular music, Lucio Dalla, whose repertoire stretched from folk to jazz to classical, interpreted and wrote his own songs. He also wrote an opera composed for film, working for Mario Monicello directors, Michelangelo Antonioni, Carlo Verdone and Michele Placido. Dalla Caruso had performed his song – sold nine million copies – a duet with the great tenor Luciano Pavarotti during a memorable concert in 1992.
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