The Great Johnny Cash

Died September 12th, 2003

NASHVILLE, Tennessee (AFP) - Hundreds of family and friends gathered to bid farewell to country music icon Johnny Cash at the same Baptist church where he mourned his wife, June Carter Cash, in May this year.

Kris Kristofferson, a close friend and former musical collaborator of the 71-year-old singer, paid tribute to Cash's social conscience and his battle with his own demons. "He was like Abraham Lincoln with a wild side," said Kristofferson. "He represented the best of America. We're not going to see his like again."

In her remarks, Rosanne Cash, one of the singer's five children, registered the personal loss of a very public figure. "I can almost live in a world without Johnny Cash because he will always be with us," said Cash's daughter, "but I cannot begin to imagine a world without daddy."

Kristofferson dedicated his song, "For A Moment of Forever," to Johnny and his second wife, June, who died aged 73, after a critical illness following heart-valve surgery earlier this year.

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