The last goodbye, Andre Hazes cremated

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29 September 2004 , AMSTERDAM — Popular Dutch crooner Andre Hazes was cremated in a private ceremony attended by friends and family at the Westgaarde cemetery in Amsterdam on Tuesday night.

29 September 2004

AMSTERDAM — Popular Dutch crooner Andre Hazes was cremated in a private ceremony attended by friends and family at the Westgaarde cemetery in Amsterdam on Tuesday night.

But despite the private nature of the ceremony, a group of fans gathered at the crematorium, and clapped. They also placed flowers on the hearse of their idol as a final show of respect.

Hazes was admitted to hospital in Woerden on 22 September suffering from a high fever and pneumonia. He died of a heart attack on 23 September, having previously suffered from alcoholism and diabetes. He was 53.

Five million people watched his "farewell concert" at the Amsterdam ArenA on Monday night. Ratings agency Kijk- en LuisterOnderzoek said the amount of viewers was "enormously" large, with people from all walks of life tuning in.

Telecom firms also said mobile telephone conversations after the concert ended were three times higher than normal, news agency ANP reported.

An estimated 40,000 people had gathered in the stands to witness popular Dutch artists perform renditions of Hazes' songs. National rail operator NS said up to 15,000 people passed through Duivendrecht station in one hour after the concert.

Sales of Hazes' CDs have rocketed since his death last week and the single "Zij gelooft in mij" (She believes in me) will be re-released on Wednesday. A documentary of the same name will be brought out on DVD.

Record stores have ordered 35,000 copies of the single and recording company EMI expects the song will hit number 1 in the charts. It would be the first time that Hazes' scored a number one hit. Dutch radio stations played the single at about midday on Tuesday in tribute to Hazes.

The second song on the CD single is "'Ach, je bent er maar heel even" (Oh, you're only here for a while). Hazes wrote the as yet unpublished song with his wife Rachel.

[Copyright Expatica News 2004]

Subject: Dutch news

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