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France mourns music star Bashung

Latest update : 2009-03-23

French singer Alain Bashung was put to rest on Friday at Paris' Père Lachaise cemetery as hundreds gathered to bid the pop icon goodbye. The star died aged 61 after losing a battle against cancer last Saturday.

AFP - Hundreds of mourners, including actress Catherine Deneuve, turned out Friday for the funeral of French music superstar Alain Bashung, who died aged 61 last weekend after losing a battle with cancer.
  
Dubbed "a prince" by President Nicolas Sarkozy, the pop-rock composer-singer was laid to rest at Paris's Pere Lachaise cemetery, where singers Jim Morrison of The Doors, Edith Piaf and Yves Montand are also buried, as around 1,000 people looked on.
  
Earlier, hundreds of mourners gathered for the funeral service at Saint-German-des-Pres, with Deneuve as well as singer-actress Jane Birkin and other French showbiz stars packed inside the church.
  
Though little known outside of France, Bashung grabbed print and media headlines on his demise, with critics dubbing him the greatest artist of French song since Serge Gainsbourg.
  
Since 1966, Bashung spent his career singing and composing a poetic pop-chanson repertoire, recording several hits and becoming the most awarded artist in the history of France's Victoires music awards.
  
Only last month, emaciated from illness, he sang at the annual awards ceremony where he scooped three Victoires for best male artist, best album for "Bleu Petrole" and best live show.

Date created : 2009-03-20

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