Giuseppe “Pino” Mango was performing at Policoro, in his native southern Italy, when he was taken ill on Sunday evening.
He had just struck the opening bars of his hit song “Oro” when he raised an arm and said “excuse me” to the crowd before collapsing. He died later in hospital after suffering a heart attack.
Italian news agency Ansa described it as the “perfect stage exit for an artist.”
Mango was married to another singer, Laura Valente, and the couple had two children together. His funeral which took place last Wednesday.
During his career Mango blended Mediterranean pop with world music and folk influences, recording three of his 23 albums in Spanish.