Thousands of Czechs bid farewell to ‘Sinatra of the East’

Thousands of tearful fans spent hours queueing outside a palace in Prague on Friday to bid farewell to Czech pop icon Karel Gott who died from leukaemia aged 80. "I always dreaded the day he'd be gone and when I heard the news of his death, my world fell to pieces," Pavel Sychra, a fitter who travelled to Prague from the eastern city of Vyskov, told AFP. Dubbed "Sinatra of the East" and the "Golden Voice of Prague", Gott died on October 1 after undergoing treatment for leukaemia. On Saturday, a funeral ceremony with state honours and a requiem are scheduled to take place at Prague Castle's St Vitus Cathedral. The first mourners arrived at the Zofin palace on an island in central Prague on Thursday afternoon and stayed the night. City officials have restricted public transport and boosted police presence in the area. Loudspeakers

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