Cambodians mourn late king

Cambodians bade goodbye with tears, chanting and fireworks to former King Norodom Sihanouk,

their revered "King-Father" who led them through half a century of

political tumult that took them into the abyss of genocidal Khmer Rouge

rule and back out again.

A woman releases sparrows as an offering to mourn Cambodia's former King Norodom Sihanouk in Phnom Penh, Monday, Feb. 4, 2013. Sihanouk's body had been lying in state at the Royal Palace after being flown from Beijing where he died Oct. 15 of a heart attack at the age of 89. The cremation, the climax of seven days of mourning, will take place Monday. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

Fireworks explode at the site of cremation for Cambodia's former King Norodom Sihanouk in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Monday, Feb. 4, 2013. Hundreds of thousands of mourners gathered in Cambodia's capital Monday for the cremation of Sihanouk, the revered "King-Father," who survived wars and the murderous Khmer Rouge regime to hold center stage in the Southeast Asian nation for more than half a century. (AP Photo/Heng Sinith)

Cambodian King Norodom Sihamoni, center right, son of the late King Norodom Sihanouk, and his mother, Queen Norodom Monineath, center left, with Cambodia's Prime Minister Hun Sen, covering his mouth, leave the crematorium where the body of the late former Cambodian King Norodom Sihanouk rests in Phnom Penh, Monday, Feb. 4, 2013. Hundreds of thousands of mourners gathered in Cambodia's capital Monday for the cremation of former King Norodom Sihanouk, the revered "King-Father," who survived wars and the murderous Khmer Rouge regime to hold center stage in the Southeast Asian nation for more than half a century. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

Fireworks explode over the Tonle Sap River for the cremation of Cambodia's former King Norodom Sihanouk in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Monday, Feb. 4, 2013. Hundreds of thousands of mourners gathered in Cambodia's capital Monday for the cremation of Sihanouk, the revered "King-Father," who survived wars and the murderous Khmer Rouge regime to hold center stage in the Southeast Asian nation for more than half a century. (AP Photo/Heng Sinith)

Mourners flock to the Royal Palace to pay their last respects to Cambodia's former King Norodom Sihanouk in Phnom Penh, Monday, Feb. 4, 2013. Sihanouk's body had been lying in state at the Royal Palace after being flown from Beijing where he died Oct. 15 of a heart attack at the age of 89. The cremation, the climax of seven days of mourning, will take place Monday.(AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

Two girls offer prayers to Cambodia's former King Norodom Sihanouk in Phnom Penh, Monday, Feb. 4, 2013. Sihanouk's body had been lying in state at the Royal Palace after being flown from Beijing where he died Oct. 15 of a heart attack at the age of 89. The cremation, the climax of seven days of mourning, will take place Monday. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

Two girls offer prayers to Cambodia's former King Norodom Sihanouk in Phnom Penh, Monday, Feb. 4, 2013. Sihanouk's body had been lying in state at the Royal Palace after being flown from Beijing where he died Oct. 15 of a heart attack at the age of 89. The cremation, the climax of seven days of mourning, will take place Monday. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

ALTERNATE CROP OF SH110 - The chariot carrying the portrait of late former King Norodom Sihanouk leads his royal funeral procession Friday, Feb. 1, 2013, in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Thousands of mourners accompanied a gilded chariot carrying the body of former King Sihanouk - the dominant figure of modern Cambodia - in a funeral procession Friday to a cremation ground next to the palace where he was crowned more than 70 years ago. (AP Photo/Heng Sinith)

ALTERNATE CROP OF SH110 - The chariot carrying the portrait of late former King Norodom Sihanouk leads his royal funeral procession Friday, Feb. 1, 2013, in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Thousands of mourners accompanied a gilded chariot carrying the body of former King Sihanouk - the dominant figure of modern Cambodia - in a funeral procession Friday to a cremation ground next to the palace where he was crowned more than 70 years ago. (AP Photo/Heng Sinith)

A young girl sells photos of the late Cambodian King Norodom Sihanouk ahead of his funeral, Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013, in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The body of Sihanouk who died on Oct. 15, 2012 at age 89, is scheduled to be cremated on Feb. 4, 2013. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)