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Leuven-based musician brings tribute to died singer: colt named for Paul Severs
Leuven The death of Paul Severs (70) immerses Flanders in a deep mourning. Everywhere, initiatives are taken to the singer one last honor. Blacksmith Jef Wuyckens (39) from Wijgmaal calls his new-born foal to the deceased singer. “I have been many years fan of Paul”, tells Jef that itself is singing with The 3 Tenors.

Jef Wuyckens from Wijgmaal polite Tuesday to be an emotional day. The 39-year-old blacksmith was in a few hours time, are confronted with the miracle of birth and the tragedy of the death. in the Morning, if his horse family foal welcome, but the euphoria of the new life was a few hours later for grief over the death of charmezanger Paul Severs, who for the past few weeks for his life fluid in the hospital. “It is tradition that my children have the name of the foal should be allowed to choose,” says Jef Wuyckens. “They chose this time for Thelma because the name had, according to the family tree start with a T. When the sad news came that singer Paul Severs his battle was lost, we immediately decided to give him a last honour to the name of our new foal. It eventually became ‘Thelma Paul Severs’. For me, that is a final tribute to my musical hero. I'm already many years a fan, in heart and soul, as they sometimes say.”

Paul was a man who always with his feet on the ground awkwardly. He stood close to the people.

Farrier and singer Jef Wuyckens

Jef by the way, is not just a fan. “That's right”, says the young blacksmith. “I am a singer and be part of the group of The 3 Tenors. Every concert we sing a song by Paul Severs. We also have been three times together with Paul occurred in the past. I know Paul Severs is a bit, as a singer but also as a human being. Paul was a man who always with his feet on the ground awkwardly. He stood close to the people and was very accessible to his fans. A beautiful man who too early had to go...His death, has me seized. We had him booked for a gig for a baby shower on June 22. We are going to Paul to miss in Flanders.”

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