He passed away at a Los Angeles hospital where he was awaiting a lung transplant

By Gerri Miller
Updated October 30, 2007 08:20 PM
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Award-winning singer-actor Robert Goulet died Tuesday in Los Angeles. He was 73.

The popular performer passed away at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where he was awaiting a lung transplant, his spokesman Norm Johnson tells the Associated Press.

A Las Vegas resident, Goulet experienced shortness of breath on Sept. 30 and was rushed to a local hospital, where he was diagnosed with interstitial pulmonary fibrosis. He was subsequently transferred to Cedars-Sinai in critical condition.

In the hospital, his wife, Vera, said the singer was in a good mood. “Just watch my vocal cords,” she said he told doctors before they inserted a breathing tube.

Born Nov. 26, 1933, in Lawrence, Mass., Goulet rose to stardom as Lancelot in the 1960 Broadway musical Camelot. He went on to become a top-selling recording artist, TV star and, eventually, a screen actor, with roles in Atlantic City, Beetlejuice and the animated Toy Story 2.

He rarely returned to Broadway, but won a Tony award in 1968 for best actor in a musical for his role in The Happy Time. He also won the best new artist Grammy in 1962.

His last performance was on Sept. 20 in Syracuse, N.Y., where he was backed by a 15-piece orchestra during the one-man show A Man and His Music.

Goulet is survived by his third wife, Vera, and three children from his previous two marriages.