Jessye Norman’s family sue over treatment that allegedly left her paralysed

Exclusive: soprano, who died in 2019, stopped performing after surgery in London in 2015

She had a voice described as a “grand mansion of sound”, won four Grammy awards and thrilled audiences in the world’s opera house – but suddenly stopped performing in 2015.

When Jessye Norman died four years later at the age of 74, her family said she had passed away from septic shock and multi-organ failure secondary to complications of a spinal cord injury she had sustained in 2015. The circumstances surrounding the injury and disappearance from public life were never explained.

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