Famed classical singer/conductor Dietrich Fischer-dieskau has died at the age of 86.
The German baritone, once hailed as the "most influential singer of the 20th Century", began his musical career after spending two years as an American prisoner during World War II.
He was famed around the world for his interpretations of German art songs, known as 'lieder', and was also feted for his performances of Schubert's Winter's Journey, before retiring in 1992.
Fischer-Dieskau passed away on Friday (18May12). No further details of his death were available as WENN went to press.