Legendary jazz singer and actress LENA HORNE has been laid to rest in a public memorial attended by thousands in New York City, just days after she passed away at the age of 92.
Mourning fans, friends and family gathered to pay their final respects to the star, who died at a New York hospital last Sunday (09May10).
Horne's granddaughter, actress Jenny Lumet, former New York Mayor David Dinkins and singer Chita Rivera were in attendance at the memorial, held at St. Ignatius Loyola in Manhattan.
A special tribute to the icon was given by Broadway star Audra MCDonald, who stood over the casket and sang Amazing Grace.
Addressing the mourners in an emotional speech, Lumet said: "I've tried to sum her up and I can't sum her up; summing up really means it's over and I think that she's not over and that she's quite infinite."
The veteran star shot to fame in 1943 when she starred in movie musical Stormy Weather and the title track became her signature song.
During her lengthy career, she won a string of Grammy Awards and was honoured with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. She also became a key voice for the civil rights movement in the U.S. and was one of Hollywood's first black pin-ups.
She has been hailed by U.S. President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle as one of the "most cherished" entertainers in American history.
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