South African singer Miriam Makeba dies in Italy

November 10th, 2008 - 1:55 pm ICT by IANS  

Rome/Johannesburg, Nov 10 (DPA) South African singer Miriam Makeba died Monday morning following a heart attack in an Italian clinic, an Italian media report said.According to the ANSA news agency, 76-year-old Makeba felt ill after a performance Sunday evening and was brought by ambulance to a hospital in Castel Volturno in southern Italy, where she died.

Makeba, a former anti-apartheid activist, was born March 4, 1932, and enjoyed international fame with the hit song Pata Pata.

The artiste, who was respectfully called Mamma Africa in her home country, always put herself and her music in the service of freedom, justice and understanding between peoples.

Makeba, who also worked as an actress, author and composer, received rewards from all over the world for her fight against apartheid in South Africa.

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