Pop idol's funeral draws biggest crowds in Iran since 2009 unrest

November 16, 2014 3:44 PM

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DUBAI (Reuters) - The funeral of Iranian pop idol Morteza Pashaie on Sunday drew the biggest crowds seen in Iran since mass protests in 2009 rocked the Islamic Republic.

Pashaie, who died on Friday of pancreatic cancer at the age of 30, was a singer-composer who won a big following that crossed Iran's political and social divides. His music appealed both to Westernized urbanites and the traditionally devout.

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