ROME (AP) -- A hospital in Sicily says tenor Salvatore Licitra
has died without ever regaining consciousness after a motorscooter
accident last month.
The media office of Garibaldi Hospital in Catania says
43-year-old Licitra died Monday morning and that his family agreed
to make his organs available for transplant.
The hospital says Lictra crashed his scooter into a wall near
the Sicilian town of Ragusa the night of Aug. 27 after suffering an
interruption of blood in the brain. He suffered head and chest
injuries and underwent surgery.
Licitra got his big break subbing for Luciano Pavarotti at New
York's Metropolitan Opera in 2002 during a gala performance of
Puccini's "Tosca." He won ovations for his two big arias. Licitra
debuted in Parma, Italy, in 1998 and also sang at La Scala.
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