I was fortunate enough to see him live at the Royal Albert Hall in October 2003, where I literally crashed into Brian May (Queen) during the interval! This was the year before he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. True, he could no longer hit the high "Cs" but once he warmed up he was terrific. His new wife had just given birth and he brought the surviving twin on, wrapped in a white shawl. He was absolutely gargantuan - and during his breaks, a man walked on to the stage and supported Pavarotti as he walked off by letting Pavarotti put his hand on his shoulder. A great loss to music and a sad day indeed. However, Pavarotti had a great life, albeit a relatively short one, and left behind a wonderful legacy. Not many of us can do that I think.
Try to live each day as if it were your last.