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Sunday, 11 August 2013

Rick Daniele Dies Age 65

In devastating news just in, renowned Italian singer Rick Daniele has died.

He was only 65.

(Updated: funeral details below)



The Italo-Australian entertainer was hugely popular among the Italian community.

Mention his name (Daniele was his stage surname, his real surname was Zumbo) in this community and someone will tell you Rick (known as Ricky in his early days of performing) sang at their wedding. Maybe even their engagement. Possibly even their child's christening.

He was a firm fixture at the traditional Italian festa (where either a patron saint or an Italian cultural calendar event was celebrated).

Sadly, he died today doing what he loves best... performing at the annual Ferragosto Italian Festa at Five Dock. Rick had a heart attack while performing on stage. 

In what must be an absolutely devastating time for his family - wife Connie, and children Gino and Romina - he will be remembered by so, so many for all the wonderful memories at our huge milestone events: as Italian-Aussie kids knew we shared the same, warmly familiar common bond if we experienced a wedding at Sydney reception lounge Conca D'oro, with Ricky Daniele as the wedding singer.

He will be very sadly missed by so many.

RIP Rick. So sad.

The funeral for Rick Daniele has been confirmed: it will be held on Saturday August 17 at 9.30am, at Our Lady of Mt Carmel Church, Mt Pritchard.



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