68-year-old Ahuva Ozeri, a well-known Israeli singer and songwriter, passed away today. Her funeral will take place this evening in northern Tel Aviv. Almost 16 years ago, Ozeri was diagnosed with cancer and decided to undergo surgery to remove her vocal cords. Even without her vocal cords, she remained one of the most influential and important figures in the Israeli music world.

Ozeri in April 2016

Ozeri in April 2016 Photo Credit: Ilan Basur/Channel 2 News

Popular Israeli singer and songwriter Ahuva Ozeri passed away today (Tuesday) at the age of 68. Ozeri, who grew up in the Kerem HaTeimanim neighborhood of Tel Aviv, was considered one of the first Mizrahi singers from Israel and an important and influential figure in the Israeli music scene. Ozeri’s funeral will be held this evening at 6:00 PM in northern Tel Aviv.

Ozeri was admitted to Tel HaShomer Hospital’s Oncology Department about three weeks ago in critical condition. About 16 years ago, Ozeri was diagnosed with cancer in her vocal cords and underwent surgery to remove them. Many artists arrived at the hospital after Ozeri’s vocal cords had been removed in order to comfort her.  

“With great sorrow and after a heroic struggle that only she could manage, we regret to announce that Ahuva Ozeri has passed away,” said the Israeli artist’s family in a statement. “Her special personality and the glorious book of songs she wrote will forever remain in the foundation of Israeli culture and our hearts.”