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Greece honors Theodorakis with 3-day national mourning, lie to state

Flags will fly at half-mast on all public buildings and all public festive events are postponed during the three-day period of national mourning for the death of great Greek composer Mikis Theodorakis on Thursday morning.

His family decided that his coffin will lie in state at the Athens Cathedral for three days – Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday – next week so that the public can pay respect and honor. Participation can take place 10am-7pm on Tuesday and Wednesday and 10 am-2 pm on Thursday.

The funeral service is scheduled to take place at the Cathedral at 3 p.m.. on Thursday afternoon, his family said in a statement.

Mikis Theodorakis passed away at 96 in his home in Makryanni district of Athens. He leaves behind his wife Myrto, his children Margarita and Giorgos and his grandchildren.

Upon hearing the news of his death, hundreds of Greeks flocked to his home for the last Farewell.

Since the past couple of years, Theodorakis was suffering from health problems. His health deteriorated in the last ten days but he had refused to hospitalized and was treated with oxygen at home.

His last wish was to be buried in his father’s birth village Galatas by Chania on the island of Crete.

However, according to media, his family is considering to bury him first in Vrachati, Peloponnese, where he also had a home and to fulfill his last wish after three years.

Greece’s political and artist world, former co-workers made statements to the death of the great Greek, while foreign media reported about his death worldwide.


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