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Thursday, November 29, 2007

Pavarotti's Widow Sues His Friends

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Monday, November 26, 2007

ROME — Luciano Pavarotti's widow has sued two friends of the late tenor for $44 million, claiming their comments about her marriage were defamatory, her lawyer said Monday.
The widow of opera giant Luciano Pavarotti is suing two of his friends over stories that their marriage had been failing.

Following Pavarotti's death in September, Italian media began carrying reports that the tenor had been unhappy in the marriage to Nicoletta Mantovani and she was fighting over his estate with his daughters from his first marriage. They attributed the information to "close friends" of the singer.

Pavarotti died aged 71 in Modena, northern Italy, in September.

The two people named in the legal case are Franca Corfini Strata, the wife of the late singer's dietician, and Lidia La Marca, who is married to conductor Leone Magiera.

Ms Mantovani intends to to donate any award to charity, Ms Benini said.

Neither woman was available for comment, and no date has been set for a hearing.

Pavarotti had one child, Alice, with Ms Mantovani, who was his second wife.

In his will, the performer left half of his estate to Ms Mantovani - formerly his personal assistant - and half to his four daughters.

Speaking to Italy's RAI state TV in October, Ms Mantovani said she wanted to leave her daughter with solid evidence she had defended herself and Pavarotti from press gossip.

She denied being left in debt or that she was squabbling with his three adult daughters over his will.

"I'm here and can defend myself. But Luciano can't, and Alice is a four-year-old child," she said.

Pavarotti was famed for helping to popularise opera, particularly through his signature tune, Nessun Dorma, which became associated with the 1990 World Cup.

His performances with Placido Domingo and Jose Carerras at this time - in the Three Tenors concerts - were seen around the world.

The singer died at his home in Modena, northern Italy, having being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2006.

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