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Roy Orbison’s widow dies on anniversary
Barbara Orbison, widow of rock ‘n’ roll pioneer Roy Orbison, died Tuesday, the 23rd anniversary of her husband’s death, a family spokeswoman said. She was 60.
Mrs. Orbison died from pancreatic cancer at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center surrounded by her sons, said publicist and family spokeswoman Sarah McMullen. She had been hospitalized since May.
Since the 1980s, she had devoted her time to managing her husband’s estate and keeping his legacy alive.
With her son Roy Kelton Orbison Jr., she co-produced a four-CD box set of her husband’s 107 recordings. “Roy Orbison: The Soul of Rock and Roll” was released in 2008 and contains all of his hits and 12 previously unreleased tracks.
The package marked the first all-inclusive body of Roy Orbison’s work, from his earliest recordings to the Traveling Wilburys’ debut album, “Mystery Girl,” and his last live performance. Roy Orbison died in 1988 at the age of 52, in the midst of a comeback with the Traveling Wilburys.
Actor Patrick Swayze’s widow, Lisa Swayze, said her heart out goes out to the Orbison family. “Patrick and I always had a warm connection with them both. Now we have lost this wonderful lady,” Mrs. Swayze said. Patrick Swayze died in September 2009 of pancreatic cancer.
Mrs. Orbison will be buried next to her husband at Westwood Village Memorial Park in Los Angeles, Ms. McMullen said. A “celebration of life” will be held at an undetermined future date in Nashville, Tenn.
• Compiled from Web and wire service reports.