April 25, 2014


[April 25 1917]

Happy birthday to the legendary jazz singer, Ella Fitzgerald,  who today would have turned 97.

In 1993, she had to have both of her legs amputated below the knee due to the effects of diabetes. Her eyesight was affected as well.

She spent her final days at home, confined to a wheelchair in her backyard with her son, Ray and 12 year old granddaughter Alice. 
“I just want to smell the air, listen to the birds and hear Alice laugh,” 
she reportedly said. 
On her last day, she was wheeled outside one last time, and sat there for about an hour. 
When she was taken back in, she looked up with a soft smile on her face and said, “I’m ready to go now.” She died in her home on June 15, 1996 at the age of 79.

#EllaFitzgerald #Jazz #JazzSinger #HelloDolly #Legend #RIP #79 #97 #Diabetes

[April 25 1917]

Happy birthday to the legendary jazz singer, Ella Fitzgerald, who today would have turned 97.

In 1993, she had to have both of her legs amputated below the knee due to the effects of diabetes. Her eyesight was affected as well.

She spent her final days at home, confined to a wheelchair in her backyard with her son, Ray and 12 year old granddaughter Alice.
“I just want to smell the air, listen to the birds and hear Alice laugh,”
she reportedly said.
On her last day, she was wheeled outside one last time, and sat there for about an hour.
When she was taken back in, she looked up with a soft smile on her face and said, “I’m ready to go now.” She died in her home on June 15, 1996 at the age of 79.

#EllaFitzgerald #Jazz #JazzSinger #HelloDolly #Legend #RIP #79 #97 #Diabetes

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