Dame Edna star Barry Humphries’ funeral plans shared after private send-off
Barry Humphries' funeral details have been shared weeks after his tragic death.
The comedian, best known for his alter-ego Dame Edna Everage, sadly passed away aged 89 on April 22.
He was in hospital in Sydney at the time receiving treatment after complications from hip sugery.
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A statement from his family said at the time: "He was completely himself until the very end, never losing his brilliant mind, his unique wit and generosity of spirit.
"With over 70 years on the stage, he was an entertainer to his core, touring up until the last year of his life and planning more shows that will sadly never be.
"His audiences were precious to him, and he never took them for granted."
It has been confirmed that Barry will have a state funeral, with Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese saying the ceremony will involve New South Wales, Victoria and the Commonwealth to celebrate his life.
News of his funeral preparations was revealed by the Prime Minister to Sky News Australia’s Piers Morgan.
He shared: "There will be a state funeral for Barry Humphries, co-hosted by the New South Wales and the Victorian Government. My government will be a part of that as well,” he said on Wednesday (May 3).
"He’s someone who has given an enormous amount of pleasure to generations of Australians and I know that a range of people who are friends of mine knew him very well."
"I know how warmly he was regarded by people in Australia and in the UK."
According to new reports, Humphries’ family has chosen Sydney for the service over Melbourne, which was another option.
It is understood that the ceremony will be a joint service hosted by both States to honour the actor.
The state funeral follows a service that was held at the end of last month for his loved ones.
The small ceremony was held at the Bowral estate of his long-time friend and artist Tim Storrier in the NSW Southern Highlands.
Film director Bruce Beresford said: "It was a small affair, just family and close friends."
Also in attendance were Barry's children, his brother Christopher and sister Barbara.
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