(CNN)Renowned soprano Charity Sunshine Tillemann-Dick, who performed worldwide after two separate lung transplants, has died, her family said.
Charity Sunshine Tillemann-Dick, opera singer who had 2 lung transplants, dies
"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.
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