Legendary singer Warda dies in Cairo aged 72
Algerian singer Warda dies of a heart attack at 72.
CAIRO - Algerian singer Warda, whose powerful voice range earned her iconic status throughout the Arab world, died of a heart attack late on Thursday aged 72, her family said.
Known throughout the region as Warda al-Jazairia (Warda the Algerian), she performed for presidents and popular audiences, reinventing herself throughout the decades to appeal to old and young alike.
Warda, whose name means "Rose" in Arabic, will be buried in Cairo, private television channels reported.
Born Warda Fatouki in France in 1939 to an Algerian father and Lebanese mother, the singer spent most of her adult life in Egypt.