On Sun, 24 Aug 2008 10:50:37 -0500, "Jimmy Mac" <***@nospam.com> wrote:
| "Bob" <***@localnet.com> wrote in message
| > Son of Mario Lanza
| > From: "Life in Legacy"
| > Damon Lanza 55) last surviving son of legendary operatic tenor and
| > Hollywood movie star Mario Lanza (d. 1959). Damon Lanza had lived with his
| > parents in Italy but returned to his native Los Angeles and was left
| > orphaned along with three other siblings when his mother, Betty Hicks
| > Lanza, committed suicide just five months after their father's death. His
| > younger brother, Marc Lanza, died of a heart attack in 1991, and their
| > elder sister, Colleen Lanza Davis, was killed in an automobile accident in
| > '97. Damon Lanza died in Los Angeles, California on August 19, 2008.
| Cause of death may have been a heart attack.
| Here's what Wikipedia has on this:
| "Lanza's widow, Betty, moved back to Hollywood with their four children but
| died five months later at the age of 37. Biographer Armando Cesari writes
| that the apparent cause of death, according to the coroner, was
| "asphyxiation resulting from a respiratory ailment for which she had been
| receiving medication." In 1991 Marc, the younger of their two sons, died of
| a heart attack at the age of 37; six years later, Colleen, their eldest
| daughter, was killed at the age of 48 when she was struck by two passing
| vehicles on a highway. Damon Lanza, the couple's eldest son, died in August
| 2008 at the age of 55."
| Mario was one hell of a singer. Truly Wonderful.
| To sample go to: http://tinyurl.com/55u83r
Maria Callas (a woman who had cause for many regrets) once said one of the
biggest regrets of her life was that she never sang with Lanza. She described
him as one of the greatest tenors of the 20th Century.
Others have said he was surpassed if at all only by Enrico Caruso.
Not bad for a truck driver who was mostly self trained vocally.