Public memorial for Amsterdam mayor Van der Laan on Friday

. Amsterdam Mayor Eberhard van der Laan (Picture: Wikimedia Commons/Mirande Phernambucq)

The public can say their last goodbyes to Amsterdam mayor in the Concertgebouw in the capital on Friday, the municipality announced. Between 10:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. anyone who wants to say goodbye can walk past his coffin and leave a condolence message. A private funeral will be held on Saturday.

Van der Laan after a months long battle with . He on September 18th, informing Amsterdam residents in a letter that his doctors can do nothing further for him. , he wrote to the Amsterdammers. 

His death, though expected, and the Netherlands as a whole. The King and Queen, numerous politicians, businesses, museums, sports clubs and Dutch citizens

According to, all flags on municipal buildings in Amsterdam will hang at half-mast until after the funeral.