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Singer Carly Simon, 77, lost both of her sisters to cancer just one day apart.
The You’re So Vain singer’s 82-year-old sister Lucy, a well-known Broadway composer, died after a metastatic breast cancer battle on Thursday, October 20, reports the New York Times.
The outlet also reported that her eldest sister, Joanna, died of thyroid cancer at the age 85 on Wednesday, October 19.
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Both deaths were confirmed on Friday (October 20) by a source close to the Oscar and Grammy-winning pop star.
Lucy was nominated for a Tony award for her work on the musical The Secret Garden, and she also performed alongside Carly in a folk group.
Lucy also wrote the music Doctor Zhivago, winning a Grammy and Drama Desk Awards and a Tony nomination for Best Score.
Before the progression of her illness, Lucy had been working with Susan Birkenhead on On Cedar Street, a musical adaptation of the 2015 novel Our Souls At Night and 2017 Netflix film.
Joanna made her debut at New York City Opera as Cherubino in Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro in 1962.
A decade later, she performed the title role in the world premiere of Thomas Pasatieri’s Black Widow at the Seattle Opera.
After her partial retirement from the world of opera, she was an Emmy-winning arts correspondent for PBS’s MacNeil-Lehrer News Hour until 1992.
She won an Emmy Award for a report on bipolar disorder and creativity.
In later years, she worked in real estate and married journalist Gerald Walker from 1976 until his death in 2004.
The three sisters also had a brother named Peter, who died of cardiac arrest in 2018 at the age of 71 after his own battle with cancer.
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Carly is best known for her hit songs from the 1970s.
Those tracks include Anticipation, The Right Thing to Do, Mockingbird, and You’re So Vain.
Carly will be formally inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in November alongside Dolly Parton, Eminem, Pat Benatar, Duran Duran, Lionel Richie and Eurythmics.
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