Hollywood’s Celebrity Funerals
America has some of the best celebrities that shaped pop culture and the way the entertainment industry has influenced the lives of fans all across the globe. Whether it was through these celebrities’ popular hit songs to the way they dressed themselves in and out of the red carpet, they mattered to the lives they were able to touch and the happiness they were able to spread throughout different countries is truly priceless. Unfortunately, life is temporary and not even famous people can escape one’s own demise. Despite this tragedy, they are forever in the hearts of many as their legend lives on even in the afterlife. Here’s a list of celebrity funerals that thousands and millions of people mourned over:
- Celebrity: Elvis Presley
Lived: January 8, 1935 to August 16, 1977
Elvis Presley, also known as the King of Rock ’n’ Roll, is one of the most remarkable cultural icons of all time. His most popular songs include, Hound Dog, Blue Suede Shoes, Can’t Help Falling in Love, and many others. A lot of people looked up to him because of his sleek fashion sense and dance moves while singing and strumming the guitar. He passed away due to a fatal heart attack in his Graceland mansion. His funeral wasn’t open to the public but thousands of fans did mourn outside of his house. In Singapore, casket services can either be made public or remain as private as Elvis’s.
2. Celebrity: Michael Jackson
Lived: August 29, 1958 to June 25, 2009
If Elvis Presley is the King of Rock ’n’ Roll, Michael Jackson is renowned to be the King of Pop. He’s an American singer, dancer, songwriter, actor, and record producer. He started show business at a very young age and back then, he was in a group called Jackson 5 where he made music history along with his brothers. But among all of them, he was the most successful Jackson in the field of music. It was reported that he died from a drug overdose and the whole world was shocked that this happened. He had his funeral at L.A.’s Staples Centre and thousands of fans gathered outside of the funeral location to mourn. A Singapore casket company can handle a crowd this big if someone famous passes away in the country.
3. Celebrity: Judy Garland
Lived: June 10, 1922 to June 22, 1969
Judy Garland was internationally famous for her golden vocals which she used as a recording artist. She was also an actress and appeared in dozens of films including The Wizard of Oz and Meet me in St. Louis. Everyone praised her natural beauty and many talents but it was very unfortunate that her death was due to a drug overdose. She passed away in her London home and everyone was shocked by the news. Thousands of people mourned and paid their respects to Judy Garland during her public casket service. In Singapore, it’s very common to have a public funeral service most especially if the person has a lot of relatives or is famous in the community.
4. Celebrity: Diana, Princess of Wales
Lived: July 1, 1961 to August 31, 1997
Princess Diana is the eldest child and heir apparent of Queen Elizabeth II. She was married to Charles, Prince of Wales and was born a true princess. She had a kind heart and she helped as many people as she could by supporting dozens of charities. When the news broke that the Princess of Wales died in a car crash, billions of people mourned over the tragic loss and the funeral service lasted a whole day so that millions of people can pay their respects at Westminster Abbey, London. Although Princess Diana is not part of the entertainment industry itself, she was always being featured in the media.
5. Celebrity: James Brown
Lived: May 3, 1933 to December 25, 2006
James Brown was famously known as, “The Godfather of Soul”. He was one of the most hardworking man in the show business and he contributed his talents as a singer, songwriter, dancer, bandleader, and record producer. His career lasted for more than five decades and his sound inspired several musical genres. It was very unfortunate that he passed away during Christmas but people’s departure from life has always been very unpredictable. He had three memorial services and Michael Jackson was reportedly seen in the last where he bent over and kissed James Brown on the forehead and said that he was his greatest inspiration. In Singapore, a casket company can handle more than one memorial service if the mourners request for it.
These are five of the celebrity funerals that were very mourned over by thousands and even billions of people combined. The reason for this is because these celebrities were more than just being famous. They really touched the lives of many and continue to do so with what they have left behind.