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Body of flamenco legend Paco de Lucia flown home to Spain

Published on Feb 28, 2014 9:16 AM

CANCUN, Mexico (AFP) - The body of flamenco guitar virtuoso Paco de Lucia was flown home to Spain on Thursday, two days after the 66-year-old musician died of a heart attack in Mexico.

Born Francisco Sanchez Gomez, the guitarist died of a heart attack on Tuesday after feeling unwell while playing football on a beach with his eight-year-old son near the Caribbean resort of Playa del Carmen.

He was repatriated on a flight to Madrid, accompanied by his wife and two children, and is expected to arrive there on Friday after a layover in New York, the Spanish consul in Cancun told Agence France-Presse.

De Lucia has a home in Mexico's Mayan Riviera, where he spent much of his time in the past few years.

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