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Springfield dies of cancer

60s hitmaker was 59

LONDON — Singer Dusty Springfield died Tuesday in London following a long battle with breast cancer at age 59.

Dusty — best known for ’60s hits such as “I Only Want to Be With You” — had been diagnosed with the disease in 1994.

The loss has considerable impact in the U.K., where Springfield was revered as an icon. The Queen, and pop contemporaries including Gerry Marsden of Gerry and the Pacemakers, have all paid tribute. Springfield had just been awarded the Order of the British Empire, one of the U.K.’s highest honors.

In 1994, Springfield enjoyed a career renaissance when she worked with the Pet Shop Boys on the hit, “What Have I Done To Deserve This?”

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