Paco de Lucia receives heartfelt funeral in Spain

ALGECIRAS, Spain (AP) — Hundreds of people have gathered in the rain to mourn the death of virtuoso guitarist Paco de Lucia ahead of a funeral in his hometown of Algeciras at the heart of flamenco music country in Spain's deep south.

De Lucia's body arrived from Madrid early Saturday, having been flown from Cancun, Mexico, where the 66-year-old died of a heart attack.

Spain began its formal mourning of one of its most gifted musical artists on Friday at Madrid's National Auditorium music center, where royalty mingled with grieving music fans to pay their last respects before De Lucia's casket and offer condolences to his family.

De Lucia's coffin was visited throughout the night by a stream of people in Algeciras' town hall before his burial Saturday afternoon.

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