Hollywood icon Kirk Douglas has been laid to rest after a private funeral attended by his closest friends and family.
On Friday, the private funeral was held at Westwood Village Memorial Park & Mortuary in Los Angeles, attended by Michael Douglas, his wife Catherine Zeta-Jones and friend Steven Spielberg, and a few Hollywood royalties.
The funeral ceremony was conducted by Kirk’s longtime rabbi, David Wolpe.
Rabbi David Wolpe used to study Jewish religious texts with Kirk on a weekly basis for some 25 years.
In his final days he was at home, surrounded by his family, in a house full of flowers, holding hands with his bride of over 60 years,’ Wolpe writes in a New York Times essay.
‘I had the privilege of reciting the Hebrew vidui, the final confessional, at his bedside.’
Michael, 75, announced his father’s death by posting a series of pictures, including a family portrait with all Kirk’s sons, along with a heart touching note. He called his father ‘a legend’, ‘a humanitarian’ and ‘a wonderful husband’, a wonderful father-in-law, and a wonderful grandfather.