An estimated 40,000 people on Monday (Sept. 27) gathered for a concert in Amsterdam to honor the late Dutch singer Andre Hazes. Hazes died September 23 of cardiac arrest at the age of 53, having suffe

An estimated 40,000 people on Monday (Sept. 27) gathered for a concert in Amsterdam to honor the late Dutch singer Andre Hazes. Hazes died September 23 of cardiac arrest at the age of 53, having suffered from diabetes in recent years.

The concert at the Amsterdam Arena soccer stadium was aired on national public broadcaster TV2 and commercial AM station Radio 10 Gold. Dutch ratings agency Stichting KijkOnderzoek (SKO) claims the telecast drew about 5 million viewers, roughly a third of the country's population. The Mayor of Amsterdam Job Cohen and soccer star Johan Cruyff spoke at the event, which was organized by Hazes' record company EMI and Clear Channel-owned concert promoter Mojo.

Hazes, who was often referred to as the "stem van het volk" ("voice of the people"), had a string of hits in the 1970s and 1980s. His appeal spread to a new generation of fans in 1999 following the John Appel-directed documentary "Zij Gelooft In Mij" ("She believes In Me"), which chronicled a 10-month period of Hazes' life.

The singer was cremated in a private ceremony at the Westgaarde cemetery in Amsterdam on Tuesday (Sept. 28).

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