Celebrity farewells

Burton Mail - - News -

THE funeral of King of Pop Michael Jack­son in 2009 was as lav­ish and unique as the Thriller star.

A gold-plated cof­fin was the fo­cus, with eu­lo­gies by Usher, Mariah Carey and Ste­vie Won­der.

Few fu­ner­als could sur­pass that of swing le­gend Frank Si­na­tra in 1998. The pro­ces­sion saw a bot­tle of whisky and a light tucked into his cas­ket along with a coin – in case Ol’ Blue Eyes (above) needed to make a call.

The God­fa­ther of Soul, James Brown even had three sep­a­rate fu­ner­als.

His body was placed in a cas­ket at Har­lem’s Apollo Theatre, be­fore be­ing taken through the streets in a horse-drawn car­riage.

A pri­vate cer­e­mony was put on in South Carolina – as well as one at the James Brown Arena in Ge­or­gia.

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