(CNN)Iranians around the world flooded their social media accounts with tributes, songs and poetry dedicated to legendary Iranian singer and composer Mohammad-Reza Shajarian, who died from complications due to a long standing battle with kidney cancer on Thursday.
Iran's legendary classical singer and composer Mohammad-Reza Shajarian dies
"Our nightingale has flown to another tree," Iranian-American U.S. based musician Farid Shafinury said about Shajarian's passing in an Instagram post.
Video posted to Twitter shows hundreds of fans gathered in front of Jam Hospital in Tehran where Shajarian was hospitalized earlier this week, defying a partial lockdown order imposed on Tehran after it was reported that Iran had recorded the highest daily coronavirus count since the start of the pandemic.
Many held cellphones over their heads as the crowd sang Shajarian's songs.
Shajarian's son Homayoun, also a classical singer, emerged from the hospital Thursday night and addressed fans, saying that his father will be buried next to revered 9th century Persian poet Ferdowsi.
"When they asked me where my father deserved to be buried as a national figure declaring his place in the nation's history, I said next to Ferdowsi," Hom