Phantom Of The Opera legend Stephen Gould dies aged 61

Stephen Gould – the famed opera heldentenor – has died at the age of 61.

The acclaimed stage performer had been privately battling bile duct cancer.

The singer’s death was confirmed by his agent Stephanie Ammann, who stated he passed away on Tuesday in Virginia.

She did not disclose any further details.

Ahead of his death, Gould had announced his diagnosis, explaining it was incurable and he had run into ‘complications’.

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He stated at the time in a statement on his website it was ‘a fatal disease with an outlook of several months to 10 months’.

At that point, Gould had withdrawn from the Bayreuth Festival in Germany, where he was due to perform the title roles in Tannhäuser and Tristan und Isolde and Siegfried in Götterdämmerung.

He explained he ‘didn’t wish anything to cloud this year’s achievements’ at the festival.

During his career, Gould performed the title role in Sir Andrew Lloyd Weber’s Phantom Of The Opera more than 3,000 times.

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Across the course of his career, Gould performed in some of the world’s most beloved opera houses.

Bile duct cancer, technically called Cholangiocarcinoma, is most common in people over the age of 50, but can happen at any age.

Symptoms, according to the Mayo Clinic, include jaundice, abdominal pain under the ribs, fatigue and night sweats.

However, it can often be difficult to diagnose, and is often done so when it is already in its advanced stages.

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