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Cape Breton singer Rita MacNeil dies at age 68


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RIP Rita...RIP...

TORONTO - Rita MacNeil, a singer-songwriter from small-town Canada whose powerful voice explored genres from country, to folk, to gospel, died Tuesday night following complications from surgery. She was 68.

Always seeming an unlikely star, MacNeil worked tirelessly over decades to gradually become a beloved fixture in Canadian culture, with her greatest success coming only after she was in her 40s.

Her spotless, astonishingly full voice carried a light Celtic lilt that only sweetened her dulcet tones, but she was a versatile singer who could coax grittier notes from her voice as well.

She was painfully shy and admitted to battling self-confidence issues, largely stemming from her weight. Yet she was a renowned live performer who sold out gigs around the world.

"I am deeply saddened by the loss of a dear sweet woman and a gifted singer-songwriter who represented women and her beloved Nova Scotia so eloquently in her songs," singer Anne Murray said in a statement.

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Astonishing voice. I always liked her. Seemed like a really nice person, a good human.

From a guy that has struggled with weight, and from a family with weight issues i can understand her self confidence problems. The world can be a wonderful amazing place, sometimes all you can see is the cruelty though.

RIP Rita.

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Astonishing voice. I always liked her. Seemed like a really nice person, a good human.

From a guy that has struggled with weight, and from a family with weight issues i can understand her self confidence problems. The world can be a wonderful amazing place, sometimes all you can see is the cruelty though.

RIP Rita.

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