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Grammy-winning singer Cesaria Evora dies at age 70
She received no pay _ just free drinks. She used to smile when she recalled her fame as a heavy cognac drinker. And she sadly recalled the exact day _ Dec. 15, 1994 _ she had to give up drinking for her health’s sake.
Evora didn’t think much of her international stardom and she went back to Mindelo whenever she could. She rebuilt her childhood home, turning it into a 10-bedroom house where friends and family often stayed over, and she always made sure she was home for Christmas.
A heavy smoker for decades, Evora was diagnosed with heart problems in 2005. She suffered strokes in 2008 and in September 2011, when she announced she was retiring.
She had a son and a daughter by different men but never married. Family details were not immediately available.
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