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Musician Mahinarangi Tocker dies age 52

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    Musician Mahinarangi Tocker dies age 52 - 15-Apr-2008
    Musician Mahinarangi Tocker's life support was turned off yesterday at North Shore Hospital, after she suffered an asthma attack last week that left her without oxygen for a period of minutes.

    She died peacefully this afternoon.

    Tocker was one of New Zealand's premier Maori musicians, whose vocal style was comparable to Joan Armatrading and Tracey Chapman. A fiercely proud west Aucklander, she was also a stalwart figure in the gay community.

    At the invitation of Prime Minister-elect Helen Clark, Tocker sang at the opening of Parliament in 1999.

    In 2000 she took part in the television campaign "Like Minds Like Mine" in an attempt to de-stigmatise mental illness.

    In this January's New Year honours, Tocker became a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit, for services to music.

    Tocker leaves behind a partner of 19 years and a daughter. She was 52.
    Ref: - NZ Herald


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