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Legendary Iranian Singer Marzieh Dies In Paris

Marzieh performs in Tehran sometime in the 1970s.

Marzieh performs in Tehran sometime in the 1970s.

Exiled Iranian singer Ashraf-o-Sadat Mortezai, known to her fans as Marzieh, died on October 13 in Paris at the age of 85, RFE/RL's Radio Farda reports.

Her granddaughter, Janan Khoram, told Radio Farda that Marzieh had been battling cancer for many years.

"She was suffering from cancer for a long time. She was also suffering from the death of her daughter [Khoram's mother], who passed away seven months ago," Khoram told Radio Farda.

"She could not talk to me at the end, she was so weak. But during her time in hospital she used to tell me that this would be her last stay in hospital and she knew she would never come home," she added.

Marzieh left Iran and joined the main opposition coalition National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) organized by the People's Mujahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI) in Paris in 1994. The PMOI is considered a serious political threat to the Tehran regime.

She traveled to Camp Ashraf in Iraq in the late 1990s and spent several years with PMOI members there.

NCRI head Maryam Rajavi expressed her ‎condolences at the death of Marzieh to the people of Iran, Iranian artists, and Iranian freedom fighters, particularly those in Camp Ashraf. Rajawi described Marzieh as the shining star of Iranian ‎music.

Rajavi also declared three days of national mourning for Marzieh.

Marzieh performed more than 1,000 songs during her career, often together with the most famous masters of Persian music.

Janan Khoram told Radio Farda that Marzieh will be buried in the same cemetery near Paris as her daughter. She said when Iran finally becomes a free country, they will be reburied there.