Australian soprano Dame Joan Sutherland dies: family

11th October 2010, Comments 0 comments

Legendary Australian opera singer Joan Sutherland has died at her home in Switzerland, her family said in a statement on Monday.

"The family of Dame Joan Sutherland... wishes to let all her friends and admirers know that she passed away very peacefully in the evening of October 10 at her home in Switzerland after a long illness," the statement faxed to AFP by a family assistant said.

Sutherland, who was 83, was understood to have lived in the Geneva region for many years since her retirement about 20 years ago.

"At her own request the funeral will be very small and private," the family said.

© 2010 AFP

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