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In photos: Singer Rita MacNeil through the years

Rita MacNeil, a singer-songwriter from Cape Breton whose powerful voice explored genres from country, to folk, to gospel, died Tuesday night following complications from surgery. She was 68.

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Canadian music icons Stompin' Tom Connors, right, and Rita MacNeil chat prior to the 20th Annual SOCAN Awards gala in Toronto Monday, November 23, 2009.

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Rita MacNeil speaks after receiving a lifetime achievement award at the East Coast Music Awards Feb. 20, 2005 in Sydney N.S.

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Rita MacNeil holds her ECMA lifetime achievement award on Feb. 20, 2005 in Sydney, N.S.

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Canadian singer Rita MacNeil in performance with The Men of the Deeps during the Mining The Soul Christmas Tour at the Memorial Centre in Peterborough, Ont. on Friday, Dec. 10, 2004.

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Canadian singer Rita MacNeil in performance with The Men of the Deeps during the Mining The Soul Christmas Tour at the Memorial Centre in Peterborough, Ont. on Friday, Dec. 10, 2004. Over 1,400 attended the concert.

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Rita MacNeil sitting at the side of the pool at the Sutton Hotel while six-year-old Lee Silden, a hotel guest, at the hotel swims by. Canadian singer Rita MacNeil was in Toronto to promote a new album at the Sutton Hotel May 7, 2004.

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Rita MacNeil at the Sutton Hotel on May 7, 2004.

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Rita MacNeil on Nov. 3, 1998.

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Rita MacNeil on Nov. 14, 1997.

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Shopper Ann Delong looks over a new clothing line at Pennington's Wearhouse in Dartmouth, N.S., in 1997. The clothing line belongs to singer Rita MacNeil.

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Many years ago, CBC pegged Rita MacNeil's musical variety show Rita and Friends for cancellation in spite of good reviews and ratings.

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Natalie MacMaster (right) was Rita MacNeil‘s guest on Rita MacNeil's Christmas, a one-hour holiday special that aired on CTV.

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Joni Mitchell (right) was a guest on the show Rita and Friends in 1994.

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Rita MacNeil released the Christmas album With My Family in 1993.

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Rita McNeil sings the national anthems before a World Series game between the Blue Jays and the Philadelphia Phillies in Toronto, Oct.17, 1993.

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A Globe and Mail illustration of Rita MacNeil.

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