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Hallyday to be buried on Caribbean island

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The family of late French rocker Johnny Hallyday prepared Sunday to bury him on the Caribbean island of St Barts, a millionaire’s paradise where the singer had a holiday home.

The 72-year-old, who died on Wednesday of lung cancer, had asked to be laid to rest there in a choice that has disappointed some fans who would have preferred his grave to be more accessible on the mainland.

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Hundreds of thousands of people lined the streets of Paris on Saturday to watch his white coffin, escorted by some 700 bikers, travel down the Champs Elysees in what was a state funeral in all but name.

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The coffin left Paris on Sunday morning on a Boeing 757 with 62 passengers onboard, including his wife Laeticia and their two children who will lead a private burial ceremony on Monday.

Around a dozen fans were at the airport as the plane took off.

“I wanted to be with him right to the end because he always gave everything,” 54-year-old veteran fan Fred Bouton told AFP.

Bouton said he had already started looking up air tickets for the eight-hour trip to St Barts which are often in excess of 1,000 euros ($1,200).

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