PARIS (AFP) – French singer Charles Aznavour, who died Monday aged 94, was buried on Saturday (Oct 6) within the household vault exterior Paris after a non-public funeral on the metropolis’s St John the Baptist Armenian cathedral.
Media and public have been refrained from the ceremony restricted to Aznavour’s closest entourage, together with fellow artists Serge Lama and Emmanuelle Beart.
Following the service the cortege headed for Montfort-l’Amaury, west of Paris, the place Aznavour was laid to relaxation alongside his dad and mom and son Patrick, who died aged simply 25 in 1976.
Afterwards, the cemetery was opened to the general public to pay their very own ultimate homage to the singer who grew to become a global leisure identify.
Saturday was declared a day of mourning, in the meantime, in his native Armenia with flags flying at half mast and lots more and plenty held to mark his loss of life.
Active till the ultimate days of his life, Aznavour, who had indicated he hoped to make it to 100, had as lately as final month carried out two concert events on the opposite aspect of the globe in Japan.
Next week, he had been on account of travel to Armenia to accompany French President Emmanuel Macron for a Francophone summit and had expressed the hope he wish to breathe his final on stage.
The extent of the excessive regard by which he was held in France was underlined by Friday’s homage to him on the Invalides in Paris, a ceremony which drew a tv viewers nearly three million throughout three channels or nearly one in two viewers.
That ceremony on the Invalides started with Aznavour’s coffin, draped within the French tricolour flag, being carried into the cobbled courtyard to the Armenian lament, “Dle Yaman”, performed on a standard dudek flute.