Belgium pays final homage to Arno

Belgium pays final homage to Arno
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Hundreds of relatives and friends of Arno paid a final homage to the departed singer on Sunday at the Westerstaketstel Jetty in Ostend, Belga News Agency reports.

They were on hand to see the Belgian icon’s ashes scattered in the North Sea, as he had wished.

Arnold Charles Ernest Hintjens, who had been battling pancreatic cancer since late 2019, died on 23 April.

“We have lost a great man in Ostend,” commented Ostend mayor Bart Tommelein after his death, writing in the local dialect. “Thank you Arno, the people of Ostend will never forget you.”

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Born in Ostend on 21 May 1949, he would have been 73 years old. He had been living in Brussels since the 1980s and was a frequent visitor to the Place Sainte-Catherine in Brussels.

Arno is best known for hits such as “Les filles du bord de mer,” “Putain, putain” and “Les yeux de ma mère.”

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