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Phyllis Hyman, 45, jazz singer

Phyllis Hyman, a New York jazz singer whose most recent hits included When You Get Right Down to It and Living in Confusion, died Friday afternoon in New York City. She was 45.

Police said Saturday that they found pills and a note in Ms. Hyman's apartment. Her death is being investigated as a possible suicide.

An assistant to Ms. Hyman found the singer unconscious in her bedroom around 2 p.m., said Detective Dwight Cunningham, a police spokesman. She died at a local hospital a few hours later.

Born in Pittsburgh and raised in Philadelphia, Ms. Hyman developed a reputation for singing in the style of female jazz singers of years past, such as Sarah Vaughan. She gained national attention in the 1970s after several years in the New York club scene.

Her 1977 debut album Phyllis Hyman was followed two years later by You Know How to Love Me. The title track reached the top 50 in 1980 and became a dance anthem.

Ms. Hyman went on to star in Sophisticated Ladies, a tribute to Duke Ellington.

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