Pele: Brazil declares three-day national mourning

Following the death of soccer legend Pele, Brazil has declared three days of national mourning.

The Brazilian icon, widely regarded as the greatest footballer of all time, died on Thursday at the age of 82 after a long battle with cancer.

The government of President Jair Bolsonaro, who leaves office on Sunday, has since declared three days of national mourning, saying in a statement that Pele was “a great citizen and patriot, raising the name of Brazil wherever he went.”

It was revealed that a 24-hour wake will be held for Pele on Monday in the centre of the field at the stadium of Santos, the hometown club where he began playing as a teenager and quickly rose to fame.

On Tuesday, a procession carrying Pele’s coffin will take place through the streets of Santos, passing the neighbourhood where his 100-year-old mother lives.

It will end at the Ecumenical Memorial Necropolis cemetery, where he will be buried in a private ceremony.

 

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