Prague (dpa) - Czech Republic mourns the pop star Karel Gott. With a state day of mourning and a service in the Prague Cathedral of St. Vitus, the country took leave of a national idol.
His widow Ivana, his children and hundreds of invited guests of honor from politics and society arrived at the Requiem. Among them were President Milos Zeman, head of government Andrej Babis, football legend Antonin Panenka and Vaclav Havel's widow Dagmar.
Karel Gott has filled millions of his audience with joy, at home and abroad, emphasized the Prague Archbishop Dominik Duka, who celebrated Mass. "We want to thank God for the gift of life as it was the gift of the Master," said the cardinal. Karel Gott, famous for hits like "Babicka" and "Bee Maja", is reverently called master in the Czech Republic. The singer Lucie Bila sang the "Ave Maria".
The public was able to follow the funeral celebrations on the forecourt via big screens and live on television. Already on Friday nearly 50,000 fans had been able to say goodbye to the coffin of the artist until shortly before midnight. According to media reports, the corpse of the singer is to be cremated. Karel Gott died at the age of 80 on 1 October after a long and serious illness.
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