Latin Grammy Winner Soraya Dies at 37

Latin Grammy Winner Soraya Dies at 37
Reed Saxon/AP

updated 05/11/2006 at 09:00 AM EDT

originally published 05/11/2006 09:55AM

Latin Grammy-winning singer Soraya died Wednesday morning in Florida after a battle with breast cancer, the Associated Press reports. She was 37.

She died in a Miami hospital, said Lorena Oriani, a spokeswoman for her record label, EMI Latin

The Colombian-American, whose mother, aunt and grandmother died of breast cancer, was diagnosed with stage three of the disease in June 2000. She successfully underwent treatment but was said to have suffered a relapse at the beginning of the year.

A soulful singer whose music ranged from romanticism to social conscience, Soraya won a Latin Grammy for best singer/songwriter album with her self-titled 2003 release. She was well known for integrating cumbia and flamenco music with her own style of pop rock and had released her last album in 2005.

This week, she posted a farewell message to fans on her Web site. "I have not lost this battle, because I know the fight was not in vain,” she wrote. “Instead, it will help end a larger battle, which is early detection to prevent this terrible disease."

A public memorial service will take place at 6:30 p.m. EST on Friday at Unity on the Bay in Miami. Donations may be made in Soraya's name to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

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