- Title: Czechs bid final farewell to Karel Gott, Eastern Europe's Sinatra
- Date: 12th October 2019
- Summary: PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC (OCTOBER 12, 2019) (REUTERS) PRAGUE CASTLE CZECH AND BLACK FLAGS FOR STATE MOURNING ST. VITUS CATHEDRAL PEOPLE TAKING PHOTO VARIOUS OF INVITED GUESTS, KAREL GOTT FRIENDS AND COLLEAGUES, ARRIVING FOR THE REQUIEM MASS (SOUNDBITE) (Czech) OPERA SINGER EVA URBANOVA SAYING: "I loved to sing together with him. As you know, he was an unbelievable professional. I was fascinated by his incredible humbleness to what he is doing and incredible love to his fans." GUESTS ARRIVING TO THE MASS PEOPLE LOOKING AT GUESTS (SOUNDBITE) (Czech) ACTRESS OLGA LOUNOVA SAYING: "He had unforgettable cantilena voice he gave delight to the people and he was amiable. He was able to say even negative things very kindly so that you were not angry and it was not unpleasant for him." CARDINAL DOMINIK DUKA ARRIVING PEOPLE FOLLOWING THE REQUIEM MASS AT THE BIG TV SCREEN CARDINAL DOMINIK DUKA CELEBRATING THE MASS PEOPLE WATCHING SINGER LUCIE BILA SINGING AVE MARIA VARIOUS OF PEOPLE FOLLOWING THE HOLLY MASS AT THE BIG SCREEN ST. VITUS CATHEDRAL TOWERS PHOTOGRAPHERS CASTLE GUARDS MOVING THE COFFIN WITH FLOWERS PEOPLE WATCHING IVANA GOTTOVA WITH DAUGHTERS NELLY SOFIE AND CHARLOTTE ELLA VARIOUS OF FUNERAL CEREMONY IN PROGRESS DOMINIK DUKA BLESSING IVANA GOTTOVA WITH DAUGHTERS NELLY SOFIE AND CHARLOTTE ELLA LEAVING PEOPLE APPLAUDING CAR WITH KAREL GOTT REMAINS LEAVING PEOPLE CLAPPING GUESTS LEAVING CATHEDRAL (SOUNDBITE) (Czech) ACTOR PETR STEPANEK SAYING: "It was really nice and sublime. Look at Prague and the whole republic stop for a moment, people are more polite to each other - it should be always like this." PRAGUE CASTLE WITH BIG TV WITH KAREL GOTT PHOTO AND SIGN: "THANK YOU, KAREL GOTT"
- Embargoed: 26th October 2019 15:05
- Keywords: State funeral Czech singer Karel Gott Requiem Mass St. Vitus Cathedral Prague Castle
- Location: PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC
- City: PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC
- Country: Czech Republic
- Topics: Arts / Culture / Entertainment
- Reuters ID: LVA001B0SKL6H
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Prague bid a final farewell on Saturday (October 12) to singer Karel Gott with a Requiem Mass, as friends and fans paid their respects to the man whose popularity in former communist Europe earned him the nickname the "Sinatra of the East".
Hundreds of guests, Gott's family, friends, colleagues, singers and actors, took part in the Mass at the St. Vitus Cathedral at Prague Castle celebrated by Cardinal Dominik Duka, while fans followed the ceremony on big screens outside the cathedral.
Gott died on Oct. 1 at the age of 80, after announcing in September that he was battling acute leukaemia.
Unlike many other Czech artists, Gott performed at home and abroad after the 1968 Soviet-led invasion of Czechoslovakia. His signing of the so-called "Anti-Charter" opposing the dissident Charter 77 petition - published in 1997 calling for respect for international human rights - also did little to dent his popularity.
Gott was popular across eastern Europe, often singing in German, and in Russia, and also performed in the West during the communist era. He spent six months in Las Vegas in 1967 and later returned to the United States, including giving two concerts at New York's Carnegie Hall in 2000 and 2005.
In recent years, health problems had slowed him down, but he promised to keep performing despite his illnesses.
(Production: Jiri Skacel, Anton Derbenev)
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