Morgana King dead at 87: Jazz singer and Godfather actress passes away

Mail Online | 8/15/2018 | Julia Pritchard for MailOnline
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Jazz singer and actress Morgana King has died aged 87.

The star passed away after a battle with cancer in March, but her death was only revealed on Tuesday, when a friend paid tribute to her on Facebook.

New - York - Native - Carmela - Corleone

The New York native was best known for playing Carmela Corleone - the wife of Marlon Brando's character Don Vito - in the first two Godfather films.

According to the Washington Post, Morgana passed away in Palm Springs, California on March 22.

Cause - Death - Coroner - Office - Riverside

The cause of death was confirmed by the coroner's office for Riverside County, California as non-Hodgkin's lymphoma - a cancer of the lymphatic and immune systems.

Morgana's tragic passing remained unreported until Tuesday, when her friend John Hoglund penned an emotional tribute to her on social media.

Facebook - 'She - Jazz - Singers - Century

He wrote to his Facebook friends: 'She was one of the most revered and unique jazz singers of the last century. We were good friends for over 30 years.'

Morgana was best known for playing Don Vito's forgiving wife Carmela in Francis Ford Coppola's hit films The Godfather in 1972, and The Godfather Part II in 1974.

Performing - Jazz - Clubs - Years - Albums

However, she was more passionate about singing - performing in jazz clubs for more than 50 years and recording over 20 albums.

Her biggest hit, A Taste Of Honey, was released in 1964, and she went on to record three albums with Frank Sinatra's record label Reprise.

Mainstream - Success - Grammys - Best - New

Despite not reaching mainstream success, she was nominated at the 1965 Grammys for Best New Artist, but lost to The Beatles.

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