*[References to "Scotsman" and "La Stampa," but no URL]
In an interview with La Stampa newspaper, corroborated by
MusicalAmerica.com Italian correspondent Carlo Vitali, Dr. Lidia
La Marca, a close friend of Pavarotti's, tells of a distressing
conversation she had with the tenor shortly before he died. La
Marca, wife of conductor Leone Magiera, adds that the information
she relates is information Pavarotti wanted released after his
As translated in the Scotsman, "In Luciano's room there was us,
our daughter Eloisa, Nicoletta and the child she had with Luciano,
"Luciano looked tired and it was hard work for him to talk but
he was lucid; he talked about football and made a few jokes with
Leone. Then at a certain point he surprised us all by asking
everyone to leave and I was left alone with him. I saw Nicoletta's
face go white."
"He just unleashed himself like a child. He said, 'I am in a bad
way. In these last years Nicoletta is tormenting me. I am isolated,
my friends don't come and see me anymore, she speaks badly about
my daughters and she surrounds me with people I don't like. She
has even pushed away Tino [Pavarotti's personal assistant] and
his wife [Veronica] who were like children to me. I need Veronica.'
"He was desperate and I know that he was very close to Veronica
- to give you an example it was she who dressed him and put his
make-up on after he died."
Dr. La Marca added: "This went on for 20 minutes. He also said,
'She thinks about money all the time, she arrives with documents
for me to sign. She threatens to not let me see Alice, and she
has these scenes.'
"Then he said something which gave me goose-bumps. He said, 'You
know, Lidia, how this will end? I will shoot myself or we will
"I am telling this because Luciano asked me. He said, 'After my
funeral you can say these things'. I think it's my moral duty
to do so and this is exactly what he told me."
And in the "Scotsman" -
Family set for dispute over Pavarotti's 250m will
NICK PISA IN ROME
THE settlement of Luciano Pavarotti's 250 million estate is
expected to be disputed by his family, after it emerged that the
opera star changed his will only weeks before his death.
Relations between Pavarotti, 71, and his wife, Nicoletta Mantovani,
37, the mother of his four-year-old daughter, Alice, are said
to have "cooled" prior to his death last week from pancreatic
Reports in Italy said his will was changed a month ago and friends
expect a dispute between his second wife and his daughters from
his first marriage over who gets what from the opera singer's
fortune, which includes several properties in New York, Monte
Carlo and his home town of Modena.
Yesterday, his dietologist, Professor Andrea Strata, who was
close to the star, said: "It's all very sad... he isn't even
cold in his tomb yet and now all this is coming out.
"I don't want to say too much, but let's just say that with every
husband and wife there are always things going on and Nicoletta
and Pavarotti were no different from any other couple."
Prof Strata's wife, Franca, revealed six weeks ago that when it
first emerged Pavarotti was close to death, Nicoletta had called
frantically from New York.
Mrs Strata said: "She was in a panic and was looking for some
papers for the three New York apartments. Nicoletta was in America
and couldn't find them anywhere and she was very concerned.
"She asked me to look for them in my safe to see if Luciano had
left them here by mistake, as he was always staying at my house.
But they weren't here - who knows where they are."
It was reported that Pavarotti had changed his will in the weeks
before his death, revising one that he had written in New York
a year ago.
Insiders said the changes were in favour of his elder daughters,
Lorenza, Cristina and Giuliana, which had also increased tension
between Nicoletta and them. One friend of Pavarotti's said
yesterday: "I know that around a month ago he spoke to a trusted
friend who administrated his affairs and they went to see a
lawyer in Modena.
"Some businesses that were in other family members names were
returned to his name," said the friend. "And I also heard that
he changed his will.
"He and Nicoletta had not been getting on for a while, especially
in the run-up to his diagnosis in New York last year.
"When I spoke with him he would say that it was only Alice that
was keeping them together, and he kept saying, 'Nicoletta doesn't
According to another friend, Pavarotti had said: "Nicoletta and
I are thinking of separating. I am thinking of going to a lawyer."
Friends have confirmed that in recent months he had grown closer
to his daughters - who had sided with their mother, Adua Veroni
- after he left her for Nicoletta.
Mrs Strata added: "Luciano always spoke highly of Adua. He kept
saying you just don't cancel nearly 40 years of marriage like
Pavarotti's agent, Terri Robson, said: "I am not going to talk
about Luciano's will."
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