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©WENN / Gloria Lynne
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Jazz singer Gloria Lynne dies


Jazz star Gloria Lynne has passed away just weeks before her 84rd birthday.

The singer died after suffering a heart attack at Columbus Rehabilitation Center in Newark, N.J., on Tuesday.

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She was set to celebrate her birthday on November 23.

Born in Harlem, New York to a gospel singing mother, Lynne won the Apollo Theater's amateur concert aged 15, before finding national fame in the U.S. by appearing on Harry Belafonte's "Strolling '20s" TV special in the 1960s.

She joined her peers Ella Fitzgerald, Ray Charles and Johnny Mathis on the country's jazz club scene and secured hits with ballads including "I Wish You Love" and "I'm Glad There Is You."

Lynne continued performing throughout her life, giving her last show in August at New York's 54 Below venue.