Rain Doesn't Dampen Luther's Big Tribute09 July 2005
Rain Doesn't Dampen Luther's Big Tribute
While many mourned the sad loss, Vandross' pal Patti Labelle made sure it wasn't all doom and gloom.
Wearing a bright yellow dress and a diamond necklace, she said, "There are no sad faces here today. It's not a mournful service. I'm celebrating because Luther would want us to."
She then joked, "So many people have babies because of Luther Vandross," before reciting a poem written by the dead star's mother MARY IDA.
On a touching note, LaBelle ended her speech by recalling Vandross' final album DANCE WITH MY FATHER. She said, "Now I know you're dancing with your father."
Warwick read Vandross' obituary and a touching letter from Gladys Knight, who was unable to attend the service.
Before the memorial service, Vandross' casket was carried from a Manhattan funeral parlour, where it was on display earlier this week (beg04JUL05), through Harlem. There it stopped briefly outside the famed Apollo Theater - where Vandross made his debut as a teenager.
Vandross, 54, died last Friday (01JUL05) at a New Jersey hospital, two years after he suffered a debilitating stroke. He'll be buried in a golden casket at George Washington Memorial Park in New Jersey this weekend.09/07/2005 01:39
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