Persian music master Shajarian who backed Iran protests dies

FILE - In this Nov. 11, 2009 file photo, legendary Iranian singer Mohammad Reza Shajarian, delivers a speech, at a ceremony commemorating the late musician Parviz Meshkatian in Tehran, Iran. Shajarian, whose distinctive voice quavered to traditional Persian music on state radio for years before supporting protesters following Iran’s contested 2009 election, has died, state TV reported Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020. He was 80.