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Funeral Goes Wrong When Thief Steals Hearse, Body

Deceased would have found it all really funny, says sister-in-law

(Newser) - It's tough to hold a funeral when someone's driven off with the body. That's apparently what happened at a recent memorial in Australia, Gawker reports. Shortly before the event, a funeral home worker was getting the hearse ready when "this guy jumped out of the bushes,... More »

Here's Melissa Rivers' Eulogy for Joan

Melissa gave one of 4 eulogies at the star-studded funeral

(Newser) - Joan Rivers' funeral last weekend was as star-studded as the late comedian had hoped for , with appearances by Whoopi Goldberg, Barbara Walters, Diane Sawyer, and more. There was even a performance of "Quiet Please, There's a Lady on Stage" by Hugh Jackman. Rivers also got four celebrity eulogies—... More »

Joan Rivers Gets Her Star-Studded Sendoff

Howard Stern pays tribute to 'crazy aunt at Bar Mitzvah'

(Newser) - No word on whether Meryl Streep is crying in five different accents , but Joan Rivers' funeral is under way at Temple Emanu-El in New York, and the private event is basically one rather large name-drop. Luminaries including Howard Stern, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Griffin, Whoopi Goldberg, Barbara Walters, Kelly Osbourne,... More »

New Service Will Send Email From Beyond the Grave

'Yahoo Ending' will delete documents, deactivate accounts, more

(Newser) - With a quarter of Japan's population already 65 and older, a new service from Yahoo Japan called Yahoo Ending aims to help people plan for their own afterlives, including the digital details. For $1.80 a month, subscribers can plan their funerals, manage their posthumous online content, and create... More »

Funeral Trend: Posing Deceased Like They're Alive

Puerto Rico spearheads phenomenon

(Newser) - A boxer wore his gloves and stood in the corner of the ring, apparently ready for a fight—except for the fact that he was deceased. The scene was the funeral of Christopher Rivera, a former fighter whose memorial service belongs to a relatively new trend: Bodies are posed the... More »

Decrepit Philadelphia Row Home to Get ... Funeral

As a symbol, before it gets demolished

(Newser) - A rundown row house in the impoverished Mantua section of Philadelphia had a colorful, centurylong record of occupancy before its last longtime residents died and it became a symbol of urban blight. Now, the boarded-up structure is getting quite the send-off. Hymns and eulogies will mark the last moments of... More »

Man Freakishly Killed on Way to Funeral

Tony Calderon crushed by a 2K-pound palm tree crown

(Newser) - A 49-year-old California man died yesterday while waiting for a ride to his uncle's funeral, according to family members. Tony Calderon was waiting streetside in an unincorporated part of East Los Angeles when a palm tree's 2,000-pound crown became detached and fell on top of him, initially... More »

Lincoln's Funeral? Rare Photos May Capture the Moment

Retired accountant spots telling pics on archive website

(Newser) - Two photographs hidden in the National Archives for decades may be rare images of Abraham Lincoln's funeral procession in New York City, the Washington Post reports. They capture the blur of a big black object—possibly a horse-drawn carriage—and hundreds of men, some with bowed heads, outside what... More »

Hollywood Elite Mourns Philip Seymour Hoffman

Stars attend private funeral in New York City

(Newser) - Meryl Streep, Cate Blanchett, Ethan Hawke, Brian Dennehey, Amy Adams, and Ellen Burstyn were among the stars who paid their respects today at a private funeral for Philip Seymour Hoffman that combined sadness and humor to honor an actor widely considered among the best of his generation. The coffin holding... More »

Dad: Let Me Go to Funeral of Daughter I Shot

Deandre Kelley shot into the air, hit girl in bedroom: police

(Newser) - A Cincinnati man charged with fatally shooting his 11-year-old daughter wants out of jail to attend her funeral. Deandre Kelley's attorney filed the motion yesterday asking that his client be allowed to attend Saturday's funeral of Shanti Lanza. Kelley is charged with reckless homicide in his daughter's... More »

Stop Mocking Teens Over Funeral Selfies

PJ Vogt: Tumblr critics might be the clueless ones

(Newser) - One of the buzzier Tumblr entries of late is called "Selfies at Funerals," which compiles teen photos posted to Twitter or elsewhere that were taken at, yes, funerals. The ridicule has been fast and furious —oh, today's incredibly narcissistic and shallow teens—and totally out of... More »

Suicide Bombers Attack Iraqi Funeral, Kill 72

One of the largest single terrorist attacks in recent years

(Newser) - Two suicide bombers, one in an explosives-laden car and the other on foot, struck a cluster of funeral tents packed with mourning families in a Shiite neighborhood in Baghdad today, one of the largest single terrorist assaults on civilians in Iraq in recent years. Police say at least 72 people... More »

Procession Carries 19 Fallen Firefighters Home

Hours-long journey takes bodies from Phoenix to Prescott

(Newser) - The 19 firefighters killed in the Yarnell Hill Fire are finally going home. Nineteen white hearses left the medical examiner's office in Phoenix earlier today, flanked by an honor guard of firefighters and police officers, embarking on an hours-long, 125-mile procession that will pass through Yarnell, where they lost... More »

Family's Mosque Won't Hold Funeral for Tsarnaev: Aunt

Islamic organizations distance themselves from suspected Boston bomber

(Newser) - Authorities are ready to release Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s body to his family, but family members—so far—have nowhere to hold the funeral. The Boston-area mosque the family attends declined a request to hold the suspected Boston bomber's burial and funeral there, Tsarnaev's aunt tells NBC News . And... More »

Roger Ebert Remembered for 'Big Heart' at Funeral

'He was one of us,' said Mayor Rahm Emanuel

(Newser) - A huge crowd attended Roger Ebert's funeral today at Holy Name Cathedral in Chicago, where friends, family, and Mayor Rahm Emanuel paid tribute to the country's most famous film critic, the Chicago Tribune reports. "He had a heart big enough to accept and love all," said... More »

Westboro to Protest at Ebert's Funeral

Group says 'fool' was gay 'enabler'

(Newser) - The Westboro Baptist Church has announced the latest target of its charming attentions: this morning's funeral of the "fool" Roger Ebert . In a press release, the group calls the critic a 'f-g enabler," saying he "sold his soul for some fame & fortune" and is... More »

Short on Friends? Hire Mourners for Your Funeral

Company capitalizes on odd tradition from China, Middle East

(Newser) - You may be less than popular, but there's no need to appear uncool in death: For about $68 a head, a British company called Rent A Mourner will send "professional, polite, well dressed individuals” to your funeral or wake, Time reports. The industry is already well-established in China... More »

Venezuela Bids Farewell to Chavez

VP makes point to recognize US delegation at funeral

(Newser) - Venezuela's Hugo Chavez was lauded as a modern-day reincarnation of Latin American liberator Simon Bolivar at a fiery, foot-stomping state funeral that at times smacked of a political rally as presidents, princes, and left-wing glitterati looked on. Chavez's hand-picked successor, Nicolas Maduro, eulogized the fallen leader at the... More »

Chavez Funeral Details a Mystery Hours From Its Start

As leaders from 5 continents flock to Venezuela

(Newser) - Hugo Chavez's state funeral is today, and leaders from around the world have traveled to Caracas for the event—which is set to begin at 10:30am local time but whose details have been, per the AP , "shrouded in astonishing secrecy." At least 50 countries from five... More »

Michelle Obama Attends Funeral of Slain Girl

Hadiya Pendleton was killed after performing at Obama inauguration

(Newser) - Hundreds of mourners and dignitaries including first lady Michelle Obama packed the funeral service today for a Chicago teen whose killing catapulted her into the nation's debate over gun violence. Yet, one speaker after another remembered 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton not so much as a symbol but as a best... More »

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