Fogarty collapsed on Wednesday, March 11. She reportedly suffered a heart attack that may have been induced by an asthma attack.
Aged just 43, Fogarty, a Bronx native, was a critically acclaimed musician who was well known in Irish American music circles and beyond them.
“Every Now And Then” is the most romantic, riveting, and emotional CD I have heard in quite some time. Maura Fogarty writes with a tender edge, music filled with the poetry and soul of Ireland. Her voice will break, melt, and heal your heart all at once. It’s mystical, magical and haunting,” was how New York Times bestselling author Luanne Rice described Fogarty’s work in a review.
Not infrequently she gave of her talent for good causes, an example being a Gaelic Park fundraiser in 2002 in aid of a Limerick boy, Thomas O’Sullivan, who needed life-saving brain surgery in New York.
Fogarty was the daughter of Mary and the late John Fogarty, sister of John (Lisa), Cathy (Peter) O’Brien, Pauline (Jim) Leary and Eileen Fogarty.
She was an aunt of Thomas, Coner, Julianne, Lauren, Caroline and Lily. After a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Margaret of Cortona Church in Riverdale, she was interred in Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Westchester County.
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