Charity Sunshine Tillemann-Dick, opera singer who had 2 lung transplants, dies

Charity Tillemann-Dick was diagnosed with advanced ideopathic pulmonary hypertension in 2004.

(CNN)Renowned soprano Charity Sunshine Tillemann-Dick, who performed worldwide after two separate lung transplants, has died, her family said.

"Our beloved Charity passed peacefully with her husband, mother, and siblings at her side and sunshine on her face," the family said in a statement on Facebook on Wednesday. "Our hearts are broken. In this moment, the world is dark. But Charity's rays extend far beyond her tragic finale on this earthly stage."
Tillemann-Dick, 35, received her most recent lungs from a Honduran immigrant in a transplant operation in 2012.

Two separate transplants

    In 2004, she was diagnosed with advanced ideopathic pulmonary hypertension, a rare and potentially fatal condition that affects the heart and lungs. At the time, she was studying in Budapest, Hungary. Her doctors told her to stop singing, but Tillemann-Dick refused. She attempted to avoid a transplant by having a prescribed liquid medica