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L'Wren Scott funeral held in California

L’Wren Scott was mourned on Tuesday by family, friends, and her longtime companion, Mick Jagger, at a small, private funeral in Los Angeles.

A representative for the Rolling Stones frontman said the service was held at Hollywood Forever Funeral Home in Los Angeles. It included blessings and prayers led by the Rev. Ed Bacon of the All Saints Church in Pasadena, and words of tribute from Jagger, Scott’s brother Randy Bambrough, and others.

Poems were read by Jagger’s daughter, Karis, as well as the actress Ellen Barkin, a good friend of Scott’s. Jagger’s daughter Jade and his grandchildren, Mazie and Zak, read psalms. Bambrough’s daughter, Hannah, read a Shakespearean sonnet.

“Will the Circle Be Unbroken?” was sung by Bernard Fowler, with Dave Stewart on guitar.

Scott, both a designer and a longtime stylist, committed suicide on March 17 in New York.

Philip Seymour Hoffman mourned by Meryl Streep, Cate Blanchett, more at New York funeral

Meryl Streep, Cate Blanchett, Ethan Hawke, Amy Adams, and Ellen Burstyn have paid their respects to Philip Seymour Hoffman, an actor widely considered among the best of his generation. Hoffman’s private funeral was held Friday in Manhattan. It ended with pallbearers bringing the coffin out of the church and putting it back in the hearse.

The list of mourners also included Michelle Williams, Julianne Moore, Joaquin Phoenix, Louis C.K., Mary Louise Parker, John Slattery, Jerry Stiller, Marisa Tomei, Spike Lee, and Diane Sawyer and her director husband, Mike Nichols.

Hoffman, 46, was found dead Sunday of an apparent heroin overdose in his apartment. He leaves behind his partner of 15 years, Mimi O’Donnell, and their three children.

The actor’s body was carried into the church by pallbearers and O’Donnell — holding their youngest child — followed. Playwright David Bar Katz, who found Hoffman’s body, looked visibly upset as he arrived.
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Philip Seymour Hoffman's loved ones plan private New York funeral

A private funeral service will be held in New York for the family and close friends of late actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, People reports. No word yet on when the private service will be held.

A rep told People that plans are also under way for a more public memorial service, also in New York. “In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Phil’s name to two charities that were very close to his heart: The DreamYard Project and the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation,” the rep said. “The family wishes to thank everyone for their continued support and good wishes.”

Hoffman was found dead Sunday of an apparent drug overdose in his New York apartment. He was 46.

Roger Ebert remembered as acclaimed film critic

Roger Ebert, one of the nation’s most influential film critics who used newspapers, television and social media to take readers into theaters and even into his own life, was laid to rest Monday with praise from political leaders, family, and people he’d never met but who chose movies based on the direction of his thumb.

“He didn’t just dominate his profession, he defined it,” said Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel in a brief eulogy to hundreds of mourners who gathered at Holy Name Cathedral just blocks from where Ebert spent more than 40 years as the film critic for the Chicago Sun-Times. Ebert died last Thursday at the age of 70 after a yearslong battle with cancer.

It was Ebert who told readers which films to see and needed to see and which ones they should stay away from, Emanuel said, remembering the influence Ebert had on movie goers through his newspaper reviews and the immensely popular television show he hosted with fellow critic Gene Siskel during which they would issue thumbs-up or thumbs-down assessments.

“Roger spent a lot of time sitting through bad movies so we didn’t have to,” joked the mayor. READ FULL STORY

Mindy McCready's funeral: 'She's healed. She's no longer sick,' says mother.

As her music played in the background, country music star Mindy McCready was remembered Tuesday by friends and family as a fun and talented singer who also “wanted to be healed” from her past.

About 200 friends and family gathered in the 37-year-old singer’s Florida hometown of Fort Myers. A large screen behind the altar of Crossroads Baptist Church was filled with her images and her portrait stood nearby.

“Our Mindy was so tired. She felt helpless,” said McCready’s mother, Gayle Inge. “She was in her darkest moment and she was hurt by so many allegations. She was too emotional to understand.”

McCready, whose real name was Malinda Gayle McCready, committed suicide Feb. 17 at her home in Arkansas, days after leaving a court-ordered substance abuse treatment program. The mother of two died from a single gunshot to the head about a month after her longtime boyfriend David Wilson’s death, also thought to be suicide, in the same place. READ FULL STORY

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