LOS ANGELES—Legendary Armenian singer Flora Martirosyan passed away Tuesday in Burbank due complications from an earlier surgery, sources reported.
Martirosyan, 55, developed complications following a surgery, she recently cancelled a concert due to problems with her gall-bladder.
Flora Martirosyan, born February 5, 1957 in Gyumri, was the youngest in the family of 4 children. Having inherited vocal skills from her mother, the young singer took part in Garoun 73 song contest to win the 1st place among 800 participants.
Later, as a soloist at a state folk orchestra the singer, has toured over 70 countries while also studying at Yerevan State Conservatory after Komitas.
In 1991, the signer left for USA with her husband, to return to Armenia a few years later. From 1997 to 2001, she headed a Yerevan-based Music School after Armen Tigranyan in Yerevan. In 2002, the singer established an International Music Academy after Komitas in USA.
In 2006, she initiated A Pan-Armenian Song Contest Festival.
In 2008, the singer, jointly with Michael Stone created international organization Artist for Peace to raise awareness of crimes against humanity.
In 2011, Martirosyan-initiated Never Again peace concert featured world-famed artists Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan, Eric Benet, Pras, Malina Moyem united in a cause against injustice.
Martirosyan is survived by her two children and husband.