27 August 1941 – 17 December 2011
Cesaria Evora passed away today, aged 70, on her home island of Sao Vicente. The cause of death was cardiorespiratory insufficiency and hypertension. I’m not sure what that means, but Evora had announced her retirement from music just a few months ago, due to poor health. She’d suffered a heart attack last year, and experienced respiratory problems due to a lifelong cigarette habit. Evora had not recorded since 2009, and hadn’t played live since the beginning of 2010. I don’t know anything about Evora’s personal life or whether she is survived by any family. I would like to imagine a gathering of children and grandchildren to honor her passing. She will be missed by fans worldwide. We’ve lost a magical voice.