Hundreds pay respects to Luciano Pavarotti

MILAN, Italy (AP) -- Pallbearers have carried Luciano Pavarotti's casket into an Italian cathedral where hundreds of people have gathered to pay their respects to one of the most beloved and celebrated tenors.

The crowd applauded in a sign of respect as the casket went inside Modena's cathedral, where a funeral is scheduled for Saturday. Police on horseback outside the cathedral sat at attention, and city officials stood at the cathedral door as mourners were held back behind fences.

The tenor died early this morning in his hometown at the age of 71, after a yearlong battle with pancreatic cancer.

Authorities are planning for a massive outpouring of grief. Giant television screens will be set up near the cathedral and extraordinary public transport services will be put into place.

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