- US President Barack Obama has written a letter to the wife of the deceased musician Toots Thielemans.
The letter Saturday during the funeral was brought by the American jazz pianist and composer Kenny Werner, a close friend and colleague of Thielemans. He read the letter during the ceremony. 'Dear Huguette, I was heartbroken when I heard of the passing away of your husband. I hope shared memories will ease your suffering. May the music of Toots guide you and offer consolation. I am sure they will do for all of us. Draw strength from the support of friends and family. know that you will be in my mind in the coming days. '
The world famous harmonica player, who Monday at the age of 94 died in a Belgian hospital, also had an American passport and lived for years in New York. Among the approximately six hundred people Saturday Toots' funeral attended, was the US ambassador to Belgium.
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Even Prime Minister Charles Michel, Prince Laurent made their appearance.