Rome, March 2: Italian singer Lucio Dalla died of a heart attack Thursday while on tour in Montreaux, Switzerland. He would have turned 69 Sunday.
"He died this morning after last night's (Montreaux) concert," the singer-song writer's publicity agency Midas Promotion said in a statement Thursday.
The Bologna, Italy, native's 1986 sad love song "Caruso" about late 19th century Italian opera legend Enrico Caruso brought Dalla international fame.
The song about the agony of love of a man dying as he looks into the eyes of the object of his affection was separately covered by superstar tenors Luciano Pavarotti and Andrea Bocelli.
"He was a writer and original voice that contributed to the renewed popularity and promotion of Italian songs around the world," said Italian President Giorgio Napolitano.