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In pictures: Luciano Pavarotti

File photograph of Luciano Pavarotti

The famed opera singer Luciano Pavarotti has died of pancreatic cancer at the age of 71.

Luciano Pavarotti singing

He was regarded by many as the greatest tenor of his generation.

Pavarotti (l) with Joan Sutherland and Spiro Malas

Pavarotti performed with some of the world's greatest opera singers. In 1966 he sang with Australian soprano Joan Sutherland and Spiro Malas in Donizetti's La Fille du Regiment.

Luciano Pavarotti of Italy sings during the 1990 World Cup Draw held in Italy

In 1990 he achieved pop star status with Nessun Dorma, an aria from Puccini's Turandot, which became the theme song for the World Cup held in Italy.

Luciano Pavarotti, right, with Placido Domingo, left, and Jose Carreras

The singer, on the right, found worldwide fame and commercial success when he teamed up with Placido Domingo and Jose Carreras to form The Three Tenors.

Pavarotti and Princess Diana

Pavarotti was a close friend of Princess Diana, and even attended her funeral in September 1997.

Pavarotti kisses the hand of the Queen Mother

Pavarotti greeted the Queen Mother following a gala performance of L'Elisir D'Amore at the Royal Opera House, in 1990.

Luciano Pavarotti with Mariah Carey in 1999

He brought new audiences to opera and performed with many pop stars, such as singer Mariah Carey.

Luciano Pavarotti with his wife Nicoletta and daughter Alice on their wedding day

He married his second wife, Nicoletta, in a star-studded ceremony in 2003, almost a year after the birth of their daughter, Alice.

File photograph of Luciano Pavarotti

His manager said he remained positive throughout his illness, until finally succumbing at his home in Modena, Italy.

Italian opera tenor Luciano Pavarotti wipes his face during a performance at Bussoladomani, on the Versilia coast of Italy in 1985.

The Royal Opera House said Pavarotti's legacy would be that he brought opera to millions of people who may never have come across it otherwise.

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