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Cape Breton Mourns Death of Canadian Singer Rita MacNeil


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Flags are flying at half mast on Wednesday on the island of Cape Breton.

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They're there to honor local singer Rita MacNeil.

She died last night at the age of 68.

MacNeil sold out shows around the world and won numerous Juno awards – Canada's Grammy Awards.

But she stayed connected to the coal mining country of Cape Breton.

One of her biggest hits was a tune called "Working Man" – a tribute to Cape Breton miners.

Rita MacNeil was one of Canada's best known singer-songwriters.

In the 1990s she hosted a variety show on TV called Rita and Friends.

Fans loved her for her down-to-earth charm.