Ofra Haza Reportedly Had AIDS

Israeli singer died Wednesday of multiple organ failure.

Israeli singer Ofra Haza's death Wednesday (Feb. 23) was caused by AIDS-related complications, according to a report in the Israeli newspaper Ha'aretz. The singer's reported ailment had not been made public before her death, according to the paper. Haza, who combined Yemenite Israeli music with techno sounds, died of multiple organ failure at Tel Aviv's Tel Hashomer hospital. The singer, whose most famous hit was 1979's "The Tart Song," was considered one of Israel's first female pop stars. In the '80s, a sample of Haza's hit "Im Ninalu" appeared on a remix of rappers Eric B. and Rakim's "Paid in Full," helping to introduce her voice to a Western audience.