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'You're So Vain' singer Carly Simon loses both sisters to cancer in same week

'You're So Vain' singer Carly Simon loses both sisters to cancer in same week

Our thoughts are with Carly Simon and her family.

'You're So Vain' singer Carly Simon has sadly lost both of her sisters, Joanna and Lucy, to cancer this week.

According to the New York Times, Joanna, 85, passed away on Wednesday (19 October), while Lucy Simon sadly died the following day, on Thursday (20 October), at the age of 82.

While Joanna died from thyroid cancer, Lucy passed away after being diagnosed with breast cancer. It's reported that Joanna died in a Manhattan hospital and Lucy passed away at her home in New York.

Lucy Simon sadly died from breast cancer.
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All three sisters have had successful professional music careers.

Lucy entered the world of showbiz in the 1960s, where she formed The Simon Sisters along with Carly, now 77, who went on to have a series of iconic hits, including 'Anticipation' and 'You're So Vain'.

Lucy also enjoyed a solo musical career, and recorded a self-titled album in 1975 followed by Stolen Time two years later.

She was also known for her composition work for Broadway musicals, including The Secret Garden in 1991 - which received a Tony Award nomination for Best Original Score - and Doctor Zhivago in 2015.

Prior to her illness, Lucy had been working on On Cedar Street, a musical adaptation of 2015 novel Our Souls At Night. The project is still ongoing.

Lucy is survived by husband David, daughter Julie and grandchildren Sophie, Ben, Charlie and Evie.

Joanna passed away after a battle with thyroid cancer.
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Joanna Simon was no stranger to the stage either, performing from 1962 when she appeared at the New York City Opera. She also had several performances in orchestras, including with the New York Philharmonic, the Vienna Philharmonic, and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.

Joanna semi-retired from music in 1986 and worked as the arts correspondent for MacNeil-Lehrer News Hour. She even won an Emmy for a report on bipolar disorder and creativity.

Joanna was married to author and journalist Gerald Walker from 1976 until he died in 2004, and later had a relationship with Walter Cronkite until he passed away in 2009.

Carly Simon in 1997. Stock Photo

The Simon sisters also had a brother - the youngest of the siblings, photographer Peter Simon - who sadly died at age 71 of cardiac arrest after also living with cancer.

If you have been affected by this story, you can find help, support and advice at Breast Cancer Now and Butterfly, thyroid cancer trust.

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