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Thousands Across Iran Mourn Death Of Popular Singer

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Iranian singer Morteza Pashaei during his yearlong battle with stomach cancer.

Iranian singer Morteza Pashaei during his yearlong battle with stomach cancer.

Thousands of fans gathered in several Iranian cities to mourn the death of popular singer Morteza Pashaei, RFE/RL's Radio Farda reports.

Pashaei, 30, died in a Tehran hospital on November 14 from stomach cancer.

His funeral is planned for November 16 at the Vahdat Hall opera in Tehran.

Fans were holding candlelight vigils and singing his songs in the streets.

Police meddling with such gatherings has resulted in some clashes and even some arrests, Radio Farda reports.

Pashaei was diagnosed with stomach cancer in late September 2013 but remained active on the music scene despite his fight with the illness.

The graphic design student was interested in art since childhood. He started playing guitar at 14.

Popular albums released by Pashaei include "There’s Someone," and "The Name Of Love."

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