MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Waving white roses, singing ballads and clutching portraits of a dapper man in a tuxedo, thousands of fans paid tribute to late pop crooner Jose Jose on Wednesday at a music-filled ceremony in Mexico City.
Born Jose Romula Sosa Ortiz, the singer known for romantic ballads that captivated Latin America for more than half a century died last month in Miami at age 71.
Fans in Mexico, where the singer started on the road to stardom as a child, poured into the streets of the capital to see the hearse carrying Jose Jose’s casket, escorted by a dozen motorcycles and trailed by cars with family members.
Some fans arrived before dawn to claim a spot in line to watch the memorial at the Palace of Fine Arts. Others followed the hearse as it made its way from the airport, singing his songs and taking photos of the motorcade.
“He’s an exceptional singer. He sings stories through his music,” said Gilberto Martinez, watching the ceremony on a giant video screen…
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