Local officials say tens of thousands of people are attending the state funeral for Pakistan's legendary philanthropist, Abdul Sattar Edhi, in Karachi.

Local government official Nasir Habib says thousands more couldn't get to the stadium where the funeral was held Saturday with a military guard of honor.

The 88-year-old charity worker died Friday after a prolonged illness.

Pakistan's top civilian and army leadership offered funeral prayers at the stadium, as the country mourned the loss of a man commonly known as the "Angel of Mercy" for his internationally-acclaimed social work.

Edhi established a welfare foundation almost six decades ago that he oversaw with his wife, Bilquis Edhi.

The foundation owns and runs Pakistan's largest ambulance service, nursing homes, orphanages, clinics and women's shelters, along with rehabilitation centers and soup kitchens.