A state funeral for the American Samoan Senate president, Lutu T. Fuimaono, is expected to be held next Monday.
Lutu, who was 74, died at his home in the village of Fagatogo.
Monica Miller reports from Pago Pago that the funeral is expected to be a significant event.
"We expect that it will be along the same liens as the state funeral given to Tauese Sunia. This man was well known int he region in the legislatures of the pacific and certainly in the American affiliated states, so I'm pretty sure his funeral will be well attended and not just by local digantaries, but by the region as well."
Monica Miller reporting from Pago Pago