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Fans Bid Farewell to Singer Juan Gabriel at Mexico City Wake


Fans take photos as the hearse carrying Mexican singer and songwriter Juan Gabriel's ashes arrives at the Palace of Fine Arts in Mexico City, Monday, Sept. 5, 2016.

Fans take photos as the hearse carrying Mexican singer and songwriter Juan Gabriel's ashes arrives at the Palace of Fine Arts in Mexico City, Monday, Sept. 5, 2016.

Thousands of fans have paid their final respects to singer Juan Gabriel in Mexico City, many traveling from across the country to bid farewell to the entertainer who died late last month from a heart attack at the age of 66.

Crowds lined up on Monday at Mexico City's Palace of Fine Arts, filing past an urn holding Gabriel's ashes.

"Juan Gabriel is not dead. Juan Gabriel continues on in the hearts of all Mexicans and we're going to continue to remember him through his songs," fan Juan Duran said.

Obit Juan Gabriel: FILE - In this Nov. 5, 2009, file photo, Juan Gabriel performs at the 10th Annual Latin Grammy Awards in Las Vegas. The press office for Mexican superstar Gabriel says the singer has died at age 66.

Obit Juan Gabriel: FILE - In this Nov. 5, 2009, file photo, Juan Gabriel performs at the 10th Annual Latin Grammy Awards in Las Vegas. The press office for Mexican superstar Gabriel says the singer has died at age 66.

Born in 1950 into a poor family in the western Mexican state of Michoacan, Gabriel, whose real name was Alberto Aguilera, rose to stardom, selling millions of albums internationally.

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