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lauramariana
May 11th, 2006, 03:50 PM
Cancer claims Latin singer
Colombian-American singer-songwriter Soraya died Wednesday after an arduous public five-year battle with breast cancer. She was 37.
A spokeswoman for her record label, EMI Latino, said she died in a Miami hospital. No other details were available.
Born in New Jersey to Colombian parents, Soraya was diagnosed with advanced breast cancer in 2000. She made as much of a name for herself for her struggle with the disease, and for her efforts to persuade the Hispanic community to confront what was often a hidden killer, as she did for her graceful, passionate pop-rock music.
Just last September, Soraya was urging women to seek early treatment as part of her yearly efforts on behalf of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, for which she was a spokeswoman.
''I can be their voice,'' she said of women with breast cancer.
Soraya lost her mother, her grandmother and her aunt to the disease that took her life.
News agencies in Colombia reported that Soraya's family had not revealed that her condition had worsened. In Bogotá, Soraya's aunt, Sonia de Siberio, said Wednesday that she had expected her niece's passing for days.

`DRIVEN BY LIFE'
Soraya's death came as a shock to the Latin music and entertainment world, which buzzed with the news by midday Wednesday. Colleagues mourned a woman they said had a rare gift for both music and fighting for others.
''She was just so driven by life,'' said Sebastian Krys, who produced Soraya's last album, El Otro Lado de Mi (My Other Side), last year. ``She used every opportunity she had to turn her forum into helping others. And it came from such a pure place. I hope that we can keep her mission alive.''
''My journey today is not easy, but I want you to know that your unconditional support has always been in my heart,'' Soraya said in a letter on her website thanking fans for their support. ``As I said before, I've completed my dream and day to day I can't ask for more.''
Her dream was deferred a bit when she took time away from developing her career to take care of her mother, who died in August 1992, days before Hurricane Andrew smashed South Florida.
''We didn't even realize a hurricane was going on, we were so wrapped up in everything,'' Soraya said in a 1996 interview with The Miami Herald. Soraya soon would pay tribute to her mother's memory via the title track of her 1996 English-language debut album, On Nights Like This:
Sometimes it swallows me this space I feel inside / But I think of how strong you were and it helps me get by.
''When I first wrote that song, I wrote it as a personal release, something to help me understand what was going on,'' Soraya said. ``It turned into a positive song for me. . . . When people hear it and they have lost somebody and they listen to what I'm singing, they get filled with the same inspiration.''

HER 'GIFT' AND `PASSION'
Such was her legacy, music industry insiders say.
''Her gift was her music and her message and her sincerity in expressing her feelings and her passion for life, and her passion to help people,'' said Jorge Pino, former president of EMI Latino, who oversaw the release of her last two albums.
Soraya had released four successful albums before her own cancer diagnosis. In 2003, she came back with Soraya, which won a Latin Grammy for best singer-songwriter album. One of her biggest hits from that record was Por Ser Quien Soy (No One Else), which became an anthem for breast-cancer survivors.
''Her honesty and dedication, along with her incredible drive for life and her ability to concentrate on what really matters, has truly changed my life forever,'' Joyce Fleming, Soraya's manager, said in a statement. ``We appreciate the opportunity to have learned from her wisdom and allowed it to enrich our lives.''
El Nuevo Herald, Miami Herald staff writer Howard Cohen and The Associated Press contributed to this report.
BY JORDAN LEVIN http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/entertainment/music/14550514.htm

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Falleció la cantante Soraya
A los 37 y luego de seis largos años luchando contra una enfermedad mortal, el cuerpo dañado de la artista dijo "basta". La intérprete que ganó un Grammy Latino al "Mejor Album de Cantautor" en el 2004, dejó una conmovedora carta para sus seguidores
Soraya, la cantante de ascendencia colombiana ganadora del premio Grammy Latino, falleció el miércoles por la mañana a consecuencia del cáncer de mama. Tenía 37 años.
Un portavoz de su disquera, EMI Latin, confirmó el fallecimiento, ocurrido en un hospital de Miami, informó la agencia AP.
En 2005 Soraya fue nominada al Grammy Latino en la categoría de Mejor Álbum Pop Femenino y a los Premios Oye en la categoría de Pop Latino Solista Femenina. En 2004 fue ganadora del Grammy Latino en la categoría de Mejor Álbum Cantautor y de los Billboard Latin Music Spirit of Hope Award.
Antes de su deceso, Soraya publicó en su sitio de Internet una carta a sus fanáticos en la que los previene de la enfermedad que a fin de cuentas acabó con su vida.
"Mi historia física puede llegar a su fin, pero estoy segura que la que existe en el corazón de ustedes seguirá presente por la eternidad.
Confío en que mi existencia dejará huella en la vida de ustedes beneficiando en un futuro a muchas mujeres y que la luz de mi vida iluminará la de muchas familias más", señala la carta que publicó en su sitio de Internet.
"Hoy no pierdo esta batalla porque sé que lo que he luchado no es en vano, si no que ayudará a vencer una batalla mayor, la de la detección temprana y prevención de este terrible mal", agrega la carta.
"Ahora les toca a ustedes seguir con nuestra misión. Deseo de corazón contagiarles mi amor a la vida y que seas tú un canal que lleve a mucha gente este mensaje que puede salvarles la vida. Te pido comprendas la oportunidad que tienes ahora de prevenir un enemigo que puede acabar con tu vida", agrega el documento.
Soraya había perdido previamente a su madre, a su abuela y una tía por el cáncer de seno. Por ello, se convirtió en una activista en la detección temprana del cáncer de seno, particularmente entre mujeres hispanas.
“Decir que uno tiene cáncer en público tiene que servirles a otras personas. Digamos que yo no tenía una relación directa con ella pero la seguíamos. Soraya tuvo una gran generosidad al compartir su enfermedad con el país”, dijo Sandra Cevallos, congresista de Colombia, en Radio 10.
Soraya se convirtió en la vocera latina de la Fundación contra el Cáncer de Seno Susan G. Komen y visitó todos los países de América Latina para despertar la conciencia de la enfermedad.
Durante septiembre y octubre, suspendió momentáneamente su carrera musical para enfocarse en la difusión de la detección temprana del cáncer de pecho.
Para animar a otras mujeres a explorarse a sí mismas para detectar la enfermedad, Soraya grabó la canción "Por Ser Quien Soy", una melodía en la que reflejaba su experiencia en su lucha contra el cáncer de seno.
Su deceso causó consternación tanto en el medio artístico como entre las activistas en la lucha contra el cáncer de seno.
La legisladora colombiana Sandra Ceballos Arévalo lamentó la muerte de la cantante, quien durante varios años luchó contra el cáncer de seno y promovió campañas de prevención de la enfermedad.
"Este es un momento triste, pero también sirve de reflexión, porque las mujeres debemos tener conciencia sobre la importancia de la prevención. El cáncer es una enfermedad silenciosa que no duele, por eso es necesario que aprendamos a practicarnos el auto examen", señaló la legisladora.
"Soraya es un ejemplo de vida a pesar de su muerte. Su tenacidad y ejemplo la debemos seguir todas las mujeres. Debemos aumentar las campañas de prevención en memoria suya", agregó.
La cantautora nacida el 11 de marzo de 1969 en Nueva Jersey, pero de padres colombianos, y quien había sido diagnosticada con cáncer de seno hace seis años, esperaba celebrar su primera década de carrera artística.
Soraya introdujo en Estados Unidos la guitarra de 12 cuerdas conocida como tiple y cantaba temas tanto en español como en inglés.
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CrossCourt~Rally
May 11th, 2006, 03:51 PM
Regards to her fans and her family >>> :hug:

Ferosh
May 11th, 2006, 03:53 PM
I was very sad when I heard about this yesterday morning. When she knew her time in this world was coming to an end, she wrote a very gut wrenching and emotional goodbye letter to her fans, which can be read on her website.

adam_ads_n
May 11th, 2006, 04:12 PM
Damn...I never thought she is in such stadium...I really liked her music :sad:

CooCooCachoo
May 11th, 2006, 04:37 PM
:sad:

:(

jrm
May 11th, 2006, 05:44 PM
Was she the one singing 'Stay Awhile'?

lauramariana
May 11th, 2006, 06:08 PM
Was she the one singing 'Stay Awhile'?

Yes...

STAY AWHILE
as they were being said i wished those words were
dead they grow and grow and grow in our heads
they linger, linger and haunt us days on end

it was all in a moment of anger these daggers that i threw
they're still deeply embedded into you
i swear i fear there's nothing i can do

stay a while young is the night
give me a chance to set things right
don't you throw away those years of love
over one night when the love went wrong
stay a while young is the night
give me a chance to set things right
don't you throw away those years of love
over one night when the love went wrong
over one night when the love went wrong

i can see it in your eyes in the way you look at me
mistrust has now replaced intimacy
i feel you drifting drifting far away from me

stay a while young is the night
give me a chance to set things right
don't you throw away those years of love
over one night when the love went wrong
over one night when the love went wrong

i swear, i will fight this
i vow not to lose
i'll be damned if this destroys us
i'll be damned if i lose you

stay a while young is the night
give me a chance to set things right
don't you throw away those years of love
over one night when the love went wrong
stay a while young is the night
give me a chance to set things right
don't you throw away those years of love
over one night when the love went wrong
over one night when the love went wrong

Bette_Midler
May 11th, 2006, 06:16 PM
:eek: :eek: :eek:

nooooo :sad:


pd: Soraya was an amazing and lovely person, que las estrellas te guien amiga!!! :sad:

Bette_Midler
May 11th, 2006, 06:18 PM
I m in shock with this news :sad:

lauramariana
May 11th, 2006, 06:52 PM
I m in shock with this news :sad:
Hola Gabrielle... La verdad es que yo estoy igual que vos, no puedo creerlo. El año pasado tuve la suerte de ir a un recital que hizo en Buenos Aires, se la veia bien, y esta noticia me pone muy mal :sad:

ClaudiaZ-S
May 11th, 2006, 07:47 PM
I don't know her but I'm sure she was talented RIP :sad:

Bette_Midler
May 11th, 2006, 10:30 PM
Hola Gabrielle... La verdad es que yo estoy igual que vos, no puedo creerlo. El año pasado tuve la suerte de ir a un recital que hizo en Buenos Aires, se la veia bien, y esta noticia me pone muy mal :sad:

que noticia tan triste :sad:

que Dios la tenga en su gloria, se nos va una gran mujer :sad:

lauramariana
Feb 8th, 2007, 11:28 PM
This is the best honoring that I can do to Soraya...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RrCrxouKFWI