Rock legend SIR Elton John has paid tribute to late South African singer MIRIAM MAKEBA and called on the nation's officials to give her a state funeral.
Makeba, 76, suffered a heart attack after performing at a charity concert near Caserta, Italy on Sunday (09Nov08) and passed away at Pineta Grande hospital shortly afterwards.
John reveals he was a huge admirer, and insists she should be honoured as a hero in her homeland: "She was the voice of South Africa, and she was an incredible woman.
"I'm sure she will have a state funeral, she should have."