Tuesday, September 11, 2007

May They Rest In Peace

Dear Me,

It's saddening to hear the news that some great people have already crossed over this world. They have probably done their part and shared their greatness with other people.

It was last Friday, September 7th when the death of the greatest tenor of all times,
Luciano Pavarotti, hit the wires.

Pavarotti died of pancreatic cancer in his home in Italy. He was 71 years old.

Quoted from
Manila Times:

His fans in Manila were able to witness Pavorotti's majestic musical presence on stage when the tenor performed at the Philippine International Convention Center in 1994, flown in by producer Rosemarie "Baby" Arenas, a well-known socialite and philanthropist.

For his multitudes of international fans, Pavarotti's timeless "Nessun Dorma" from Puccini's "Turandot" came to represent what his music and talent are all about. In fact, "Nessun Dorma" was the tenor's last official performance, performed at the opening ceremony of the Turin Winter Olympics in Italy early in 2006. His last Asian concert was held in Taipei during the Christmas season in 2005.

Pavarotti was called the "King of the High C's" for the ease and flair with which he reached his difficult high notes. In fact it was his ability to hit nine glorious high C's in quick succession that first turned him into an international superstar, singing Tonio's aria "Ah! Mes amis," in Donizetti's "La Fille du Regiment" at New York's Metropolitan Opera in 1972.

His musical collaboration with top-rate artists Placido Domingo and Jose Carreras in the "Three Tenors" concert also earned his worldwide adulation.


Another person worthy of praise who had left this world was Anita Roddick, founder of the cosmetics firm, The Body Shop. Set up in 1976, she pioneered cruelty-free beauty products and turned them into a highly profitable business.

The Body Shop became part of the French company L'Oreal Group in July 2006 but has been independently-managed.

Roddick died of a major brain hemorrhage at St. Richard's Hospital in Chichester, West Sussex yesterday evening She was 64 years old.

Apparently, she had contracted Hepatitis C from a blood transfusion in 1971.

Roddick revealed that she was suffering from cirrhosis of the liver after contracting Hepatitis C from blood given during the birth of her youngest daughter, Sam. She said she had unknowingly lived with it for 30 years and only found out about it two years ago after a blood test.

It's been a while since I bought something from this shop. Well, I still have their raspberry lip balm. Hehehe. Also, I love their moonflower body fragrance. =)

To Pavarotti and Roddick, may you both rest in eternal peace and God's love!

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