Mexico’s capital pays last farewell to singer Juan Gabriel

Flowers and photographs of late musician Juan Gabriel adorn the plaza outside the Fine Arts Palace in Mexico City, Monday, Sept. 5, 2016. The Fine Art Palace openned its doors Monday for a public memorial with full honors for the artist whose ashes will be on display for two days, allowing family, friends and fans the opportunity to pay their last respects to the Mexican legend. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Fans of Juan Gabriel lined the streets of Mexico City to pay their last respects to the singer as a motorcade carried his ashes to a farewell ceremony Monday at the capital’s Palace of Fine Arts.

The ashes arrived from Ciudad Juarez, the border city where Juan Gabriel grew up and where a memorial ceremony was held over the weekend. The singer died Aug. 28 in Santa Monica at age 66 after a 45-year career that marked an era in Mexican popular music.

His family plans to convert his house in Ciudad Juarez into a museum.

Elizabeth Aguilar of Chile was among those who turned out in Mexico City. She said: “I have followed him ever since I can remember, and I have always liked his music.”

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