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In pictures: Pavarotti's funeral

Crowds outside Modena cathedral

Hundreds gathered at the Romanesque cathedral of Modena for the funeral of Luciano Pavarotti - the city's most famous son.

Pavarotti's coffin

The opera super star had been lying in state in the cathedral since Thursday following his death from cancer, aged 71.

Coffin being taken out of the cathedral

As befits such a famously ebullient man, Pavarotti's coffin was festooned with an array of colourful flowers, including his favourite - the sunflower.

Nicoletta Mantovani

Leading the mourners was Pavarotti's wife Nicoletta Mantovani, mother of his four-year-old daughter Alice.

Pavarotti's daughters Alice (L) and Cristina.

Alice looked bemused in the arms of sister Cristina.

Adua Veroni (right) and friend

His first wife Adua Veroni (R), with whom he had three other daughters, was also there.

Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi (L) and his wife Flavia pay their homage to Luciano Pavarotti at Modena's Romanesque cathedral.

Prime Minister Romano Prodi attended the star-studded event.

Andrea Bocelli and wife

It included Pavarotti's fellow opera tenor Andrea Bocelli, who sang at the service.

People wait, in front of a screen displaying a picture of Luciano Pavarotti that reads in Italian "Farwell Maestro".

"Farewell Maestro" said the sign on giant screens as people said goodbye.

People uses their cameras as the coffin of late Italian tenor Luciano Pavarotti leaves the cathedral

Those present wanted to take a last gift - a memento from the day.

The Italian acrobatics flight team pass over Modena's Cathedral, northern Italy, after the Luciano Pavarotti funeral, Saturday

The Italian aerobatic flight team paid tribute by carrying out an impressive fly-past.

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