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Georges Moustaki, 79, composer wrote songs for Edith Piaf

(FILES) Picture taken October 1972 Paris shows French singer Georges Moustaki. Moustaki died morning May 23 2013 age 79 according

(FILES) Picture taken on October 1972 in Paris, shows French singer Georges Moustaki. Moustaki died on the morning of May 23, 2013 at the age of 79 according to his entourage. AFP PHOTO-/AFP/Getty Images

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Updated: June 27, 2013 7:14AM

PARIS — Georges Moustaki, an Egyptian-born composer, singer and poet who wrote songs for Edith Piaf and other French stars, has died at age 79.

Marie-Ange Mirande of Mr. Moustaki’s Paris-based production house said Thursday he died at his home in Nice after a long illness. A memorial ceremony is planned Monday at the famed Pere Lachaise cemetery in Paris.

Tributes poured in from France’s political and cultural leaders for Mr. Moustaki. Among songs he wrote for Piaf was “Milord.”

Mr. Moustaki told French radio RTL in December that he wanted to be buried in Alexandria, Egypt, where he was born in 1934, and where “there is a cemetery that is the cemetery of free thinkers, and it is there that I want to rest for eternity.” AP

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