“May Odetta’s luminous spirit and volcanic voice from the heavens live on for the ages,” Yeager said in a statement. “Her her voice will never die.” She died aged 77 in December 2008.
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Odetta, the deep-voiced folk singer whose ballads and songs became for many a sound track to the American civil rights movement, has died at age 77, her manager said on Wednesday. Douglas Yeager said Odetta passed away late Tuesday at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York, after a decade-long fight with chronic heart disease and pulmonary fibrosis in her lungs.