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Songs, tears and fire trucks: Santos offers a last farewell to Pelé

origin 1The remains of the late Brazilian soccer great Pelé are carried by fire truck from the Vila Belmiro stadium to the cemetery during his funeral procession in Santos, Brazil ©Andre Penner/AP

An estimated 230,000 people came to the Vila Belmiro stadium to say their last goodbyes to the late footballer Pele. After a 24 hour alarm clock ending on Tuesday, his body made one final journey through the city of Santos.

A fire truck carried his coffin with crowds of Brazilian mourners lining the streets and saying goodbye. The funeral procession of “O Rey” (or “The King”) then stopped at the home of her mother, still alive at 100 years old.

Leather he passed away last Thursday at the age of 82, after battling colon cancer since 2021. His death has caused great shock and grief across the country and around the world.

Among those paying homage was The new president of Brazil Lula, who was seen comforting Pele’s wife, Marcia Aoki. His death was marked by the government with a three-day period of national mourning.

After a private ceremony with his family, the man believed to be the greatest footballer in the world will be buried on the 9th floor of Santos’ vertical cemetery, with direct views of the Santos stadium.