The funeral of Karel Gott took place today (Saturday, October 12th) at St. Vitus Cathedral in Prague Castle. Cardinal Dominik Duka officiated over the mass.
There were more than two hundred invited guests.
President Miloš Zeman, PM Andrej Babiš (ANO), Senate chairman Jaroslav Kubera (ODS) attended the funeral.
Gott released some 300 albums starting in the 1960s and sold tens of millions of copies in his country, the Soviet Union and elsewhere in the Communist world.
He rose to stardom in the 1960s touring the US and what was then West Germany and represented Austria in the Eurovision song contest.
That was when German papers described him as the “Sinatra of the East”.
Karel Gott died on October 1st at the age of 80, succumbing to acute leukemia. A first cancer on the lymphatic system, he had survived a few years earlier.