Opera singer Charity Tilleman-Dick has died

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Charity had an amazing life and was an example of perseverance. She was diagnosed with pulmonary hypertension in 2004, forcing her to undergo two emergency lung transplants needed to save her life. But despite this, she performed across the world in the US, Europe and Asia. Her opera roles included Titania in A Midsummer’s Night Dream, Gilda in Rigoletto and Violetta in La Traviata. She loved to sing from an early age, cherishing family trips to the symphony and opera. In the beginning, she thought she might pursue a career in politics following her grandfather, Tom Lantos, who served as a Democrat in the House of Representatives for almost 30 years. But she returned to music and began an intensive training programme at the renowned Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest, Hungary.

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Charity singing

For many years, trying to avoid the pulmonary transplant, Charity used permanently a medical equipment weighed about 4lbs (2kg) and continued to perform. Five years after the initial diagnosis, Tillemann-Dick received her first double lung transplant at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio. After, she had difficulties because its impact on her voice. She was even in a coma for over a month. But she recovered and working hard she was again a winner. In January 2012, she underwent her second double-lung transplant but continued to pursue her career, singing again. At the same time, she was a national spokeswoman for the Pulmonary Hypertension Association, working to raise awareness, increase federal research funding and promote preventative medicine. Some time ago, she was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive skin cancer. The cause of her death is not yet known.

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