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Adopted hometown bids farewell to Denver

Six airplanes rocked their wings Saturday in a salute to John Denver before a memorial service that drew together 1,000 friends, fans and family members in his adopted hometown.

The tribute came a day after 2,000 people turned out for a service in suburban Denver.In Aspen, brilliant sunshine greeted the crowd at the Aspen Music Tent, a concert venue on the west end of town. "John would have loved today's weather," said Tom Crum, a close friend.

Other friends brought Denver's favorite horse, a Tennessee walker named Tonto, to the memorial.

The 53-year-old singer, known for "Sunshine on My Shoulder" and "Rocky Mountain High" among other hits, died Sunday when his experimental airplane crashed in Monterey Bay, Calif. The cause of the crash is still under investigation.

Denver's death has been felt worldwide. "We have been flooded with phone calls at City Hall from all over the world," Aspen Mayor John Bennett said.

"God Bless you John Denver," read a sign in an Aspen shop. "Your spirit belongs to Colorado. You gave your heart to the world."