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Mourners gather for funeral of fallen wrestler


 CALGARY, Alberta (AP) -- Politicians and singers joined professional wrestlers and fans at a funeral Monday for wrestler Owen Hart.
 Hart, 34, known as the Blue Blazer, plunged 70 feet to his death last Sunday during a dramatic entrance for a match in Kansas City.
 Some 1,300 mourners packed the invitation-only service Monday. Among them were pro wrestlers Hulk Hogan, Road Dogg, Gorilla Monsoon, Paul Bearer, Sgt. Slaughter and Stone Cold Steve Austin, who arrived on buses bearing a banner reading "Owen You Will Always Be In Our Hearts."
 Alberta Premier Ralph Klein and his wife, Colleen, also attended the funeral.
 Singer Collin Raye opened the service singing "One Boy, One Girl," Hart's favorite song, and "Amazing Grace." Hart's six brothers were to serve as pallbearers.
 Hart's wife, Martha, told mourners she had spent nearly half her life with the wrestler.
 "I didn't sleep at all last night because I don't know how to say goodbye," she said. "I don't want to let him go."
 Outside, some 1,000 fans stood listening to the service over loudspeakers in a drizzling rain.
 Bonnie Carpenter, 16, and a few of her friends skipped school for the funeral.
 "We lost a great man -- he was a great role model for me and a great Canadian who spoke his mind," she said.
 Hart, the son of former Olympic wrestler Stu Hart, launched his career with the World Wrestling Federation in 1989.
 Police said Hart's death appeared accidental. Hart may have inadvertently unhooked a harness while being lowered from the arena rafters, police said.

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