Spanish director Pedro Almodovar and Cuban-born musician Emilio Estefan have paid tribute to Spanish singer ROCIO JURADO, who passed away yesterday (01JUN06). Jurado passed away at home in Madrid in the early hours of this morning after a prolonged battle with cancer of the pancreas. She was 61. Acclaimed film director Almodovar hailed Jurado as "biggest voice in Spain" and "a generous, sincere and affectionate" woman. While Estefan described her as "a great singer and a great person". Spanish Prime Minister JOSE LUIS RODRIGUEZ ZAPATERO adds, "There is a general feeling of sorrow and acknowledgment for a shining professional career." A wake in Jurado's honour was held in Madrid yesterday (01JUN06) and thousands of people queued up to pay their respects. Jurado released over 30 albums in her glittering career and also made forays into film. Her singing style mixed traditional flamenco music with folk and romantic ballads and she was celebrated both at home and by a huge fanbase in Latin America. She is survived by her husband, bullfighter JOSE ORTEGA CANO, their two adoptive children and daughter ROCIO - by her first marriage to boxer PEDRO CARRASCO.