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By Kirsty McCormack On January 3, 2013

Patti Page Dies Aged 85

The famous 1950's singer passed away at a nursing home in California on New Years Day

US singer Patti Page has passed away at the age of 85.

The legendary star, who was the best-selling female artist of the Fifties, died on New Years Day at a nursing home in Encinitas, California.

The pop star was best-known for her songs '(How Much Is That) Doggie in the Window?' and 'The Tennessee Waltz,' with the latter being one of the biggest-selling singles of the 20th century.

Patti Page passed away at the age of 85 on New Years Day in California (WENN)

Patti first broke into the charts in 1949, with her single 'I Don't Care If The Sun Don't Shine' reaching the top ten.

She became a familiar face in the charts, and enjoyed positions in the top ten a further 21 times over the next decade.

During her career, Patti married three times with her most recent marriage being to Jerry Filiciotto in 1990.

Patti Page was the best-selling female artist of the 1950's (WENN)

The couple ran a maple syrup business in New Hampshire before Filiciotto's death in 2009.

Unspecified health problems unfortunately brought Patti's decades of touring to an end a few years ago, and last year she wrote a letter to her fans about the change in her life.

"Although I feel I still have the voice God gave me, physical impairments are preventing me from using that voice as I had for so many years," Page wrote. 'It is only He who knows what the future holds."

Patti is survived by her son, Daniel O'Curran, daughter Kathleen Ginn and sister Peggy Layton.

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