Image via WikipediaBBCCaribbean.com "A state funeral is being held in Barbados today for the late prime minister David Thompson.
Mr Thompson, 48, died 23 October from pancreatic cancer.
Dignitaries from across the Caribbean and further afield will be present to pay their last respects.
Around 10,00 people are expected to attend the state funeral being held at the Oval Cricket Grounds in bridgetown.
Mr Thompson had been ailing for sometime, the extent of which became noticeable in a loss of weight and long absences from office.
It was later disclosed, on his approval, that he was suffering from pancreatic cancer, a malignant disease with an historically poor prognosis for recovery.
Mr Thompson had disclosed that he had been suffering with stomach pains since early March 2010."