WAVRE, Belgium — The Singing Nun of the 1960s, who became world-famous with her hit "Dominique," has committed suicide, police said Monday.
Officers said they found the body of Jeanine Deckers and that of an unidentified female friend over the weekend after receiving a telephone call from neighbors near the home they shared. The Associated Press quoted a police officer, who refused to be identified, as saying that the two women died of a massive overdose of sedatives.
The women had left a letter explaining their suicide and asking for discretion, the officer was quoted as saying. Friends said the two had been very depressed for some time, partly because of the financial problems of a children's institution they ran, according to the report.
String of Hits
Miss Deckers, 52, also known as Soeur Sourire or "Sister Smile," produced a string of hits more than 20 years ago, the most famous of which, "Dominique," sold millions of copies worldwide and earned a gold record after it went to No. 1 on the U.S. charts in 1963. It was an uptempo ballad, sung to the accompaniment of a single acoustic guitar.