AceShowbiz - Karl Lagerfeld will be cremated without a funeral ceremony, which is in line with the late German fashion designer's desire. A spokesperson for Karl's eponymous line tells the French news agency, AFP, "His wishes will be respected."
The longtime creative fashion director of Chanel reiterated his wishes to be cremated and have his ashes scattered with those of his mother and late partner, Jacques de Bascher, in multiple interviews. He also preferred to forgo a ceremony after witnessing French rock 'n' roll singer Johnny Hallyday's grand funeral and procession in 2017.
In an April 2018 interview, Karl said he wished to "be cremated and for my ashes to dispersed with those of my mother." He also hoped to include his beloved cat Choupette's ashes should she die before him, but the cat is still alive.
When asked about what type of service he would like, he responded, "How awful. There will be no burial. I'd rather die." He added, "Since those miserable Hallyday family stories, a funeral at the Madeleine [church] looks like a joke. I've asked to be cremated and for my ashes to dispersed with those of my mother... and those of Choupette, if she dies before me."
Karl's partner Jacques died of complications of AIDS in 1989 at the age of 38. He said in his 2017 biography "Jacques de Bascher, dandy de l'ombre" that he kept his mother's and Jacques' ashes in a place only known to him. "They are in a place kept secret with those of my mother," he said in the book.
"One day, we will add mine. But I do not want a burial, nothing. I arrived one day, and one day I will leave. But let it be said, there is no urgency. I am like Madame Porges, who lived during the Belle Epoque. When she died, people said that she was the only survivor of a world she was not part of. Well, me, that's it, this world, I was not really part of it," he said.
Karl died in Paris on Tuesday, February 19, after being rushed to hospital on Monday evening. He previously sparked concern about his health after he missed the Spring/ Summer haute couture show in Paris in January because he was too "tired." He was 85.