Sultry pop and jazz singer Peggy Lee, best known for hits like “Fever” and “Mañana,” died on Monday, January 21, from a heart attack. Lee died in her Bel Air, Calif. home with her daughter, Nicki Lee Foster, by her side. She was 81.
Lee had health problems throughout her life, including diabetes, glandular issues, weight problems and a couple of serious falls that nearly killed her. She also battled heart problems for many years, including four angioplasties and a double bypass in 1985 and a debilitating stroke in 1998. Lee also suffered from problems of the heart throughout her life, having married four times: the husbands included guitarist Dave Barbour, actors Brad Dexter and Dewey Martin and percussionist Jack Del Rio.