30 October 2010
Last updated at 07:10
Argentina has been bidding a final farewell to its former President, Nestor Kirchner, who died suddenly of a heart attack on 27 October.
Thousands turned out on the streets of his home-town, Rio Gallegos, in the province of Santa Cruz, to follow his cortege and show their support to his wife and the country's President Cristina Fernandez.
In the capital, Buenos Aires, many waited to to pay tribute to the former president, whose body lay in state in the capital a day after his death.
The death of Mr Kirchner was sudden, although he had suffered from heart problems.
Football legend Diego Maradona said Argentina had "lost a gladiator" while Bolivia's President Evo Morales said he felt orphaned by the death of an "irreplaceable" man.
Young activists had queued since dawn to pay their final respects to the former leader.
Mr Kirchner was hugely popular among some sections of Argentine society but he was a polarising figure. "You will never die," reads a banner carried by a supporter.
Crowds had begun gathering on Wednesday in front of the government palace as news broke that the former president had died.
Within hours, the government palace known as the Casa Rosada or Pink House, was adorned with tributes to the former president.
Supporters continued their vigil through the night.
Nestor Kirchner's death leaves a big void in Argentine politics - it had been widely expected he would run again in next year's presidential election.