- Associated Press - Monday, May 23, 2016

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - An overflow crowd of mourners filled San Fernando Cathedral in San Antonio to bid farewell to Grammy-winning Tejano star Emilio Navaira (nah-VY’-rah).

Navaira was pronounced dead after being found unresponsive at his New Braunfels home on May 16. He was 53.

Fans began arriving early at the downtown cathedral that seats only 500 worshippers, leaving many mourners standing in the aisles for the Monday afternoon funeral.

The Mass cam a day after thousands passed through Freeman Coliseum for the Sunday visitation and rosary. The casket was surrounded by bouquets and flanked by screens playing videos of past performances known to his fans simply as “Emilio.”

Navaira’s brother spoke of how Emilio learned to play on a guitar their father bought at a pawn shop.

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