LATEST: JOSE CARRERAS, SIR Elton John, Sting and Bono have paid tribute to Italian opera legend Luciano Pavarotti, who died on Thursday (06Sep07) at the age of 71.
The Nessun Dorma tenor passed away at his home in Modena, Italy, after battling pancreatic cancer since last year (06).
Spanish opera star Carreras, who performed with Pavarotti and Placido Domingo at the Three Tenors concerts, laments, "It's a great loss, not just of one of the best voices ever, but of a close friend. We always had a good relationship. I am happy to have known him. He was without doubt one of the most important tenors of all time. He was a wonderful man, a charismatic person. And a good poker player."
John says, "It is a sad day for music and a sad day for the world."
U2 frontman Bono adds, "Some can sing opera, Luciano Pavarotti was an opera. He lived the songs, his opera was a great mash of joy and sadness; surreal and earthy at the same time; a great volcano of a man who sang fire but spilled over with a love of life in all its complexity, a great and generous friend.
"Great, great fun, 'The Pavlova' we used to call him. I spoke to him last week - the voice that was louder than any rock band was a whisper."
Sting says, "We lost a great friend, a great voice and the world is a smaller place without the big man."
Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli explains, "The pain in my heart is only alleviated by the thought that his art will remain with us."
Ingrid Newkirk, president of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), praised Pavarotti for his charitable work on behalf of animals, saying, "It was with great sadness that we learned of the death of PETA booster Luciano Pavarotti this morning.
"In addition to his legendary voice and his pioneering work bringing an appreciation for opera and classical music to millions of new people around the world, Pavarotti was known for his kindness, his compassion, and his philanthropic work, raising his voice on behalf of animals on many occasions throughout his life."