Mourners queue up to pay respect to late Czech famous pop singer Karel Gott during a memorial service in Prague, Czech Republic, Friday, Oct. 11, 2019. Gott, who released some 300 albums and sold tens of millions of copies died last Tuesday at his home in Prague after battling a long illness. (Petr David Josek/Associated Press)

PRAGUE — Czechs are paying their last respects to Karel Gott, the country’s most popular pop singer who died last week.

Thousands of mourners are queuing in a long line to pay tribute and lay flowers at his casket, which is on display Friday at the Zofin palace on an island in downtown Prague.

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.

But he was also a rare example of a pop singer from eastern Europe whose music became popular in some Western European countries, especially in West Germany.

Gott died Oct. 1 at age 80 in his home in Prague.

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