Hawaii jazz singer Jimmy Borges died of cancer Monday, two days before his 81st birthday and two days after he won four Na Hoku Hanohano awards.

Borges performed on stage in Hawaii for six decades, as well as mainland venues.

At the awards show in Honolulu on Saturday, Borges won the Male Vocalist of the Year and Album of the Year for his album, “Jimmy Borges.” He was too ill to attend, but was represented by his wife, Vicki Bergeron Borges, and daughter, Steffanie Borges Juergenson.

His wife of 32 years, issued this statement Monday on behalf of the family:

We are so very grateful for the love and support we have received from our friends, our community and from Jimmy’s fans in Hawaii and throughout the world during these final months of his life. His decision to live his way until the very end was exactly the right thing for Jimmy and both a gift and a lesson for the rest of us.

The family is planning a small, private Catholic Mass per Jimmy’s wishes and asks for privacy during this time. There are friends who would like to remember Jimmy in a more public way and those details will be provided at a later time.

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U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono released this statement:

For six decades, Jimmy Borges brought joy to audiences with his unique voice, distinctive vocal jazz interpretations and warm sense of humor. Throughout his musical career, Jimmy entertained, but he also served with distinction as an ambassador for Hawaii.

Off stage, Jimmy regularly gave back to his community, and particularly to Hawaii’s young talented musicians. The Jimmy Borges Endowed Scholarship at the University of Hawaii ensures that underserved students will have access to educational opportunities to help them pursue their musical dreams. My thoughts, prayers and aloha are with Jimmy’s wife Vicki and the entire Borges ohana.

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