* Domenico Modugno, the Italian singer whose romantic...

DEATHS ELSEWHERE

August 09, 1994

* Domenico Modugno, the Italian singer whose romantic "Volare" soared to the top of the charts in the United States, collapsed Saturday near his island villa and died, apparently of a heart attack. He was 66. Medical personnel on the island of Lampedusa said he was stricken on a beach, RAI state television reported. In 1958, his song "Nel Blu Dipinto di Blu" -- which means "in the blue (sky) painted blue" -- made him the only modern Italian pop singer to score a major success in the United States outside the Italian-American community. The song was known as "Volare" ("to fly") in the United States, from the opening lyrics. His hits in Italy, including an Italian version of "Mack the Knife," spanned the years 1953-1976.

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