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Italian Pop Singer Mia Martini Found Dead

May 14, 1995 GMT

CARDANO AL CAMPO, Italy (AP) _ One of Italy’s most popular singers, Mia Martini, was found dead in her home Sunday.

Police refused to comment on the death of the 48-year-old performer and songwriter. Her record company representative, Beppe Nocera, speculated Martini died of a heart attack.

Martini, dressed in a track suit, was found lying across a bed. The ANSA news agency reported there were no apparent signs of foul play and Martini may have fallen ill and tried to telephone for help. Her hand was found near a phone and an address book was open on the floor, ANSA reported.

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It was not immediately clear when Martini died. She was last seen two days ago by a neighbor, who called rescue crews Sunday. An autopsy was scheduled for Tuesday.

Martini recorded many hits in Italy and performed frequently around the country. Fans crowded around her home north of Milan after hearing of her death.

Her sister, rock singer Loredana Berte, is the ex-wife of former tennis champion Bjorn Borg.