Celebrated opera singer Jessye Norman, an American soprano who showcased her majestic the voice in performances around the world, died on Monday, her family said. She was 74 years old. The Grammy winner died “surrounded by loved ones” at a New York hospital due to septic shock and multi-organ failure after complications from a 2015 spinal cord injury, a statement said.
A pioneering young black woman in the white world of classical music, Norman quickly became beloved for her seemingly effortless soaring voice and effervescent personality, a commentator said. Born September 15, 1945 in Augusta, Georgia, Norman grew up surrounded by music as one of five children in a family of amateur artists.
She made a foray into gospel at age four, and as a young girl began listening to radio broadcasts of performances at the Metropolitan Opera, where she would eventually become legend.