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Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty: Iranians Grieve Death Of Legendary Singer Who Turned Into Symbol For Opposition After 2009 Unrest

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Iranian composer and singer Mohammad Reza Shajarian, whose prolific recordings of traditional Persian music made him a national icon and ‘ambassador of Iran,’ has died at age 80.

was an immediate outpouring of grief outside the Jam Hospital in Tehran, where the singer died on October 8 after after state television announced his death. As night fell, the crowd lit candles in a vigil honoring the classical musician.

Videos posted on social media later showed the gathering turn into…

Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty