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.