"All of us will mourn for you... because you belonged to Greeks everywhere"
Genuine, a "magga" and a fan of the Olympiakos team, Dimitris Mitropanos will be buried today at the Athens First Cemetery at 14:00. His friends say that he was a man, with a capital "M," who stood by his principles and always focused on the family. So much so, that he was the one who usually did the grocery shopping for his three favorite women, or his wife Venia and his two loving daughters Mirsini and Anastasia.
His coffin was placed on public display a little before the funeral and tens of hundreds of people holding a simple rose, or carnation visited the small chapel to pay their last adieu. Aside from his family and close friends, tens of hundreds of common everyday people rushed to the cemetery to honor him. Because of this the family of the deceased asked that instead of wreaths, that a deposit be made to the Welcome Center and Solidarity Municipality of Athens for the Homeless, Account No. 064 / 48,000,015, at the Greek National Bank.
Dimitris Mitropanos died on Tuesday morning, April 17, at the age of 64 after suffering a serious heart attack, exactly one year after the untimely death of Nikos Papazogloy. The popular singer whose deep voice spoke to our hearts with every breath, was born on April 2, 1948, is a beloved singer to millions of Greek people all over the world for his mastery in Laïkó music (a type of Greek music).
Alkis had known Dimitris Mitropanos in person while they were both in the army and long before Mitropanos became one of Greece's most famous singers. Alkis says he was kind, polite and down-to-earth. May he rest in peace.