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Thessaloniki bids farewell to Vasilis Karras

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The Greek city of Thessaloniki on Tuesday, December 26 was gripped by grief as it bid a poignant farewell to the legendary folk singer Vasilis Karras.

Karras, who succumbed to cancer at the age of 70 after battling both the illness and a recent bout of COVID-19, leaves behind an indelible mark on Greek music.

As early as 8 am, a multitude of friends and devoted fans gathered at the Holy Church of Agia Sophia in Thessaloniki.

Crowds paid their last respects on December 26 to popular Greek singer Vasilis Karras who passed away at age 70 on December 24 after a long battle with cancer. Photo by KONSTANTINOS TSAKITZIS EUROKINISSI.
Crowds paid their last respects on December 26 to popular Greek singer Vasilis Karras who passed away at age 70 on December 24 after a long battle with cancer. Photo: KONSTANTINOS TSAKITZIS / EUROKINISSI.

The crowd, eager to pay their respects, pre-emptively secured a place in the popular pilgrimage. Applause and cries of “Immortal Vasilara!” filled the air as the beloved artist’s body was honoured by the people.

Images captured the emotional arrival of Vasilis Karras’ body, drawing crowds bidding their final farewells. The folk singer’s family, visibly united in grief, embraced at the holy temple, with his wife, daughter, and brother providing mutual support.

Karras' daughter at her father's funeral service. Photo iefimerida.
Karras’ daughter at her father’s funeral service. Photo: iefimerida.

Many in attendance clutched bouquets of white flowers, intending to place them in the coffin as a gesture of love and respect. The courtyard and surrounding public spaces overflowed with thousands of fans, patiently waiting to bid farewell to their cherished singer.

Karras’ funeral will fulfill his last wish by taking place in his hometown, Kokkinohori Kavala. In lieu of wreaths, the family requests contributions to the “Floga” Association of Parents of Children with Neoplastic Diseases.

Vasilis Karras, who passed away at 70 after a long battle with cancer, was given his last goodbye at the Church of God Sophia in Thessaloniki. Photo by KONSTANTINOS TSAKITZIS EUROKINISSI. 2
Vasilis Karras, who passed away at 70 after a long battle with cancer, was given his last goodbye at the Church of God Sophia in Thessaloniki. Photo: KONSTANTINOS TSAKITZIS / EUROKINISSI.

Thessaloniki, the city where Karras’ musical journey began, declared a three-day mourning period. The Association of Restaurants, Grills, Cafes, Bars of Thessaloniki decided to exclusively play Vasilis Karras’ music for three days as a tribute to the iconic artist.

Artists who shared the stage with Karras on the night of his passing also bid him a heartfelt adieu, dedicating words and songs to the beloved “lord” of the dance floor.

Source: Hellas Post

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