Morgana King dead at 87: Jazz singer and Godfather actress passes away from cancer
Julia Pritchard for MailOnline
Jazz singer and actress Morgana King has died aged 87.
The star passed away from cancer back in March, but her death was only revealed on Tuesday, when a friend paid tribute to her on Facebook.
The New York native was best known for playing Carmela Corleone – the wife of Marlon Brando’s character Don Vito – in the first two Godfather films.
RIP: Jazz singer and actress Morgana King has died aged 87 (pictured left, with Marlon Brando in The Godfather)
According to the Washington Post, Morgana passed away in Palm Springs, California on March 22.
The cause of death was confirmed by the coroner’s office for Riverside County, California as non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma – a cancer of the lymphatic system.
Her tragic passing remained unreported until Tuesday, when her friend John Hoglund penned an emotional tribute to Morgana on social media.
He wrote to his Facebook friends: ‘She was one of the most revered and unique jazz singers of the last century. We were good friends for over 30 years.’
Heartbreaking: The star passed away from cancer in March, but her death was only revealed on Tuesday, when a friend paid tribute to her on Facebook (pictured in the Godfather II)