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Pavarotti's Final Curtain Call

9/8/2007 11:43 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

World-renowned opera singer Luciano Pavarotti was large in life -- and his funeral, in his home town of Modena, Italy, was equally grand.

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The singer, who died Thursday at the age of 71 after a long battle with pancreatic cancer, is a mega-star in the opera universe. His private invitation-only funeral, held in Modena's main cathedral, was attended by fellow opera stars Andrea Bocelli, Placido Domingo and Jose Carreras, as well as U2's Bono and a slew of Italian dignitaries.

The funeral was broadcast in Modena's main piazza and watched by thousands of mourners as Pavarotti's vocal performances were played over the city's loud speakers. Luciano set a world record for the most curtain calls -- 165.

Ciao bello!

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billyboy    

May he rest in peace, he was a great entertainor and world citizen.

2567 days ago
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Butterfly    

Pavarotti had a gift that transcended generations and genres. He will certainly be missed.

2567 days ago
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Tangie    

Yes he was great, but....why would someone not tell him that dye job on his entire head (beard, brows and toupee) was hideous?

2567 days ago
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AZ MOMMY    

I'm sure he's making beautiful music in the Heavens. RIP, Luciano. You are now out of pain and well again.

2567 days ago
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Cindylou    

Yes he was great, but....why would someone not tell him that dye job on his entire head (beard, brows and toupee) was hideous?

HOW CLASSY ... SNIDE PERSONAL ATTACKS BEFORE THE MAN IS EVEN BURIED. HIS TALENT WAS MONUMENTAL AND THE WORLD WILL REMEMBER AND TREASURE HIS GLORIOUS RECORDS FOR YEARS TO COME.

WHAT TALENT HAVE YOU CONTRIBUTED?

2567 days ago
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jean steimle    

was an opera lover all my life he was a great artist but in my book coul not touch Franco Corelli as well as De Stephano but thats only my opinion

2567 days ago
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a.    

Finally..... a tasteful RIP from TMZ! I knew you guys could do it.

2566 days ago
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renee    

It's really sad that as great a entertainer he was, someone would talk about his HAIR DYE JOB! We live in a time where some people have nothing better to say but to be little someone. He was not a saint, just a man with a GREAT TALENT! And I know when he gets to the Gates, GOD will not judge him on his hair! He will be judged on the GOOD or BAD he has done in his life! What will your report card look like?

2566 days ago
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show me the $$    

I don't really care for opera, but any time I saw him on tv, I had to stop and listen. I cried every time I heard this man sing. He could touch your soul with his voice. He will be greatly missed. Rest in Peace, Luciano

2566 days ago
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LMFAO    

The opera world will be a sadder place without him, no the whole world will be. Nothing could match the shear joy that me and my familly had when we heard the unique timbre that was his amazing voice.

He will be dearly missed by many all around the world, Rest in peace Luciano Pavarotti.

2566 days ago
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trish    

A GREAT VOICE HAS BEEN SILENCTED

2566 days ago
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Hal    

God rest his soul. HIs voice was a gift from God that was shared with the world.

2566 days ago
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Tangie    

Really bad dye job.

2566 days ago
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Tangie    

Who really gives a crap about opera?! Who is this bonehead?!

2566 days ago
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Hal    

You people making snide remarks about dye jobs will be paid back 10 fold through Karma--don't forget that! May the pay backs be painful.

2566 days ago
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