AceShowbiz - Opera star Marcello Giordani has died aged 56.
Giordani passed away after suffering a heart attack following lunch at his home in Monte Tauro, Sicily on Saturday, October 5 and could not be revived, his vocal coach, Bill Schuman, told The Associated Press (AP).
"I talked to his wife, Wilma," he said. "He said he was thirsty, got up from his chair for some water and collapsed. They had a helicopter-ambulance come in, but he was already gone."
The tenor singer was one of the biggest stars in opera, with his frequent singing partner Renee Fleming honouring her late friend, calling him "a remarkably lovely man."
"It's a tragic loss," she wrote in a text message to the AP. "He possessed the easiest, most clarion high notes, and was convincing in every role."
He is survived by his wife Wilma and sons Michele and Gerard Andre.