Pavarotti's New Album Could Be Finale
Tenor records sacred music while battling cancer
By Wesley Oliver,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 5, 2007 6:09 AM CDT

(Newser) – Opera singer Luciano Pavarotti is recording songs for what could be his last album as the 71-year-old tenor battles pancreatic cancer. His elder daughter reportedly told a magazine that he "knows he will die soon," but later insisted her words had been twisted. Doctors discovered the cancer last summer during a break in the singer's farewell tour.

Pavarotti, recently photographed in a wheelchair, has been teaching, spending time with his 3-year-old daughter and swimming at his villa in Italy. Pavarotti is "very positive" about his health and and "just laughed" about the magazine interview, his manager said. His album of sacred songs is expected to be available early next year.