Anita OíDay, American Jazz Legend Dies at 87

Published: 2006-11-28
Jazz singer Anita O'Day, who began a singing career at the age of 14, died last week in Los Angeles.

O'Day rose to fame with her own brand of jazz in the 1940s and '50s. Her popularity dimmed in the '60s along with the popularity of jazz in general.

Over the years, the singer developed heroin and alcohol addictions that proved almost fatal. O'Day overcame the heroin addiction in the late '60s but continued to drink until 1996 when she fell down the stairs on a drinking binge. It took O'Day a year to recover from the incident.

She continued to perform in the Los Angeles area and released her last album Indestructible! earlier this year.

O'Day died at a convalescent hospital at the age of 87.

Writer: Meghan Wubs

   

 

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