Family, friends, artists and admirers of famous singer Demis Roussos attend his funeral in Athens. Elly Park reports.
Friends and family of acclaimed Greek singer Demis Roussos gathered to say their goodbyes at his final resting place in central Athens. The 68-year-old died in the Greek capital after a long illness last Sunday. The somber ceremony was attended by entertainers, artists, politicians and TV personalities, including his friend, poet Dimitris Iatropoulos, who delivered the eulogy. SOUNDBITE: Poet, Dimitris Iatropoulos, saying (Greek): "He was a special person, and it was his destiny to be exceptional and special. He was admired by the great, he was envied by the mediocre and failures." Greek singer Lakis Papadopoulos: SOUNDBITE: Greek Singer and Composer Lakis Papadopoulos saying (Greek): "It was a huge loss for the international music scene and it was an honor for us that he was a Greek." Wreaths were sent by internationally acclaimed composer and Roussos' band mate Vangelis as well as singer Nana Mouskouri. The Egyptian-born Greek singer sold more than 60 million records worldwide with a series of international hits in the 1970s and '80s. Roussos was part of the progressive rock group Aphrodite's Child but was best known for his solo hits, among them "Forever and Ever", "Goodbye" and "Happy to Be on an Island in the Sun".