Mario Lanza lying in state, Rome Italy, October 1959.
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American Tenor Mario Lanza Lying in State.

Credit: Image Donated by Corbis-Bettmann

After his film career floundered in the United States, Mario Lanza moved to Rome, Italy in 1957 and revived his career through a series of acclaimed concerts throughout Europe. Already suffering from a variety of ailments, he died in October 1959 from a pulmonary embolism. Only thirty-eight at the time of his death, Lanza lay in state in Rome before his remains were interred at the Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City, California.

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