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Funerals planned for Italian musicians after weekend deaths

Country mourns Milan's Enzo Jannacci and Rome's Franco Califano

Funerals planned for Italian musicians after weekend deaths

Rome, April 1 - Italy was mourning on Monday the deaths of two of its great musical artists, Enzo Jannacci and Franco Califano. Funerals are planned on Tuesday for both musicians, said MEI, an organization representing independent musicians. "(Tuesday) is an opportunity to remember them in the best way: playing their best songs for the wider public, drawing from their large and long artistic careers," said MEI. After Jannacci died last Friday in Milan at age 77, queues formed to say farewell to the singer-songwriter and stand-up comic at the city's Teatro Dal Verme. One day later in Rome, Franco Califano - a well-known writer, singer, and actor - died at age 74. Long lines formed Monday in the Protomoteca hall of the city's Capitoline Hill to pay homage to the musician. That included colleague Fiorello, who described Califano as someone "who definitely enjoyed life," adding that Italy had suffered a great loss with the two deaths. "We are fortunate to have been able to know two such great characters". Photo: Franco Califano

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