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Body of Italian pop singer Lucio Battisti exhumed


Molteno (Lecco), September 6 - Fans and
curiosity-seekers flocked to see the body of Italian singer and
song-writer Lucio Battisti exhumed from its resting place in a
cemetery near Lake Como for transfer to a new, undisclosed
location at the request of his family on Friday.
But the cemetery was kept closed for the occasion, so those
hoping to pay their last respects at the gravesite chapel, with
dirty opaque glass and hundreds of messages and cards
accumulated over the years, had to do so Thursday.
Battisti was one of the best known and most influential
pop-rock musicians when he died after a long illness at the age
of 55 in 1998.
Battisti was buried in the cemetery of Molteno, a town
nestled between lakes near the city of Lecco, where he spent his
last years with his family.
Battisti's widow, Grazia, was besieged by journalists and
fans as she entered the cemetery to attend her late husband's
transferral to a van, which bore the logo of a funeral services
company in Rimini, a city on the Adriatic coast, indicating the
probable destination for Battisti's coffin.
"We are certain we respected Battisti's wishes who we know
wanted to be here," said Molteno Mayor Mauro Proserio.
"We are convinced that we never betrayed this desire of
his, nor to have exposed him to the people's curiosity or
commercial business (exploitation)," Proserio continued.
"Clearly, we now also respect the wishes of his family,"
the mayor added.
Tears and applause broke out among the crowd as the funeral
van pulled away from the cemetery gates.

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