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Kirk Douglas Laid to Rest at Private Funeral Attended by Family & Close Friends

Tichafa Chidzonga
Feb 10, 2020
08:47 A.M.
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Kirk Douglas' family, close friends, and Hollywood stars gather together for a private funeral as the legendary actor is laid to rest in Los Angeles.

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Just two days after passing away in his home at 103-years-old, Kirk Douglas was laid to rest at Westwood Memorial in Los Angeles, California.

According to Daily Mail, the Douglas family held a private funeral service, which was attended by his family and closest friends. Hollywood stars, including Steven Spielberg, were in attendance.

Kirk Douglas and stands with son Michael Douglas as he hugs him from behind at the premiere of "It Runs In The Family" on April 7, 2003, in Los Angeles, California | Source: Kevin Winter/Getty Images

Kirk Douglas and stands with son Michael Douglas as he hugs him from behind at the premiere of "It Runs In The Family" on April 7, 2003, in Los Angeles, California | Source: Kevin Winter/Getty Images

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Kirk

, whose original name was Issur Danielovitch Demsky was raised by Jewish Russian immigrants. The funeral was led by Rabbi David Wolpe, who spent almost 25 years studying Jewish texts with

Kirk

recalled his moments

saying:

"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. I had the privilege of reciting the Hebrew vidui, the final confessional, at his bedside."

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After a near-fatal helicopter crash, Kirk spent the rest of his life questioning his mortality. He opened up about the life-changing event in his 2000 memoir "Climbing the Mountain: My Search for Meaning."

He revealed that in 1991 a helicopter he was in collided mid-air with an aerobatic plane. Having survived the crash, he spent decades questioning why the other passengers died and he didn't.

He made a name for himself during the "Golden age" of acting. He was best known for his starring role in "Spartacus."

Kirk is survived by his second wife Anne Buydens, and his three sons, Michael, Joel and Peter. His youngest son Eric passed away at 46-years-old from a drug overdose.

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