There are many reasons to have an open casket funeral. Although the practice can make some people uncomfortable, saying goodbye to a loved one’s earthly remains can also help to give mourners the closure they need to go on with their lives.
Celebrities often have additional reasons for being displayed publicly. Open casket memorials are the ultimate way to honor their fans by giving them one last chance to pay their respects. And more gruesomely, some open casket funerals are done to prevent inaccurate death rumors from spreading.
The famous people on this list all held very different positions in the public eye, but they shared one common grand finale: open casket funerals.
James Brown was “the Godfather of Soul,” a music legend and a larger-than-life character. Brown began his career in the 1950s and continued on until the end of his life. He was also known for his social activism, involvement in the Civil Rights movement as well as the not-so-good aspects of his life including bad relationships and drug problems.