Montreal-based singer-songwriter Lhasa de Sela has died, succumbing to a battle with breast cancer, according to the singer's official Web site.

The eclectic, multi-lingual singer, 37, died Jan. 1 after a 21-month illness. Her final, self-titled album was released in 2009. She performed a handful of shows in support of the album, including two final concerts in Iceland; a full international tour scheduled for fall 2009 had to be canceled.

The singer, who was known by her first name as a musician, was born in New York, but spent long periods of time during her childhood in Mexico and the U.S., often traveling in a school bus.

Her first album, "La Llorona," was released in 1998 on Quebec indie Audiogram, followed five years later by "The Living Road." De Sela won a Canadian Juno award for best global artist in 1998. Sales for her three albums totaled 1 million copies worldwide, according to the full statement on her site.

She had appeared as a guest on the Tindersticks' 2003 "Waiting for the Moon" album, and sang on singer Stuart Staples' 2006 "Leaving Songs" album.

The singer's loss was felt by those in the Canadian music community. "Such a real talent," singer Hawksley Workman posted on Twitter. "And a big influence on me too."

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