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Relatives, friends and fellow artists gathered at the First Cemetery of Athens to say their last goodbyes to famous Greek singer Demis Roussos who died early on Sunday, January 25.

Demis Roussos, who won global fame in the 1960s as a member of the popular group Aphrodite’s Child, died in an Athens hospital at the age of 68, after a long period of hospitalization.

The Egyptian born Greek singer had a successful international career and sold more than 60 million records around the world.

Demis Roussos, who has been mourned by fans across the world, scored a number one single with Forever and Ever.Demis Roussos funeral Athens

Famous Greek composer, Giorgos Hatzinasios, who was present at the funeral said: “Demis had a unique, unrivaled voice. He was a very happy man. I feel that Demis never grew up and kept hold of his childhood innocence.

“I can still hear his heartfelt laugh in my ears and I want to bid farewell to him with nostalgia and love.”

Several Greek artists such as Nikos Aliagas, Mariza Koch, Dimitris Iatropoulos and people from the Greek political scene, Undersecretary of State Terence Quick, former Greek Parliament Speaker, Vangelis Meimarakis and Marathon Mayor, Ilias Psinakis gathered to say their last farewells to Demis Roussos.

“His was a voice which awakened emotions in people and honored Greece wherever it reached. We bid farewell to Demis,” said Mariza Koch.

The ambassador of Egypt, the French Embassy, Greek musician Vangelis Papathanasiou, Nana Mouskouri, the Mayor of Athens, Giorgos Kaminis, current Greek Parliament Speaker Zoi Konstantipoulou and the record company Minos-Emi sent wreaths in honor of the beloved singer’s memory.

Demis Roussos put his international success down to the advent of cheap air travel opening up Europe to regular holidaymakers.

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A public funeral for legendary Demis Roussos is to take place on Friday, January 30, at the First Cemetery of Athens, a resting place for many Greek politicians and cultural figures.

Demis Roussos has died on Sunday, January 25, at the age of 68.

The singer died in Athens at the Igia Clinic, the medical facility where he was being treated, and his death was announced on Monday, January 26. A cause of death was not made public yet.Demis Roussos funeral

Demis Roussos, who was famous for his high-pitched voice and melodies inspired by Greek folklore, sold about 60 million records worldwide.

He had long struggled with his weight, but he later trimmed down and even wrote a diet book called A Question of Weight.

In subsequent years Demis Roussos suffered ill-health that kept him chair-bound.

He recorded and toured until 2009, when he released his last album.

One of Demis Roussos’ last public appearances was in Athens in 2013, when he received the Legion of Honor – France’s highest distinction – for his life’s work.