Perpignan: 3000 hearts stand in touching farewell to Danny

Tears and tears Carried in utter silence to the bottom of the altar of Saint Jean-Baptiste Cathedral in Perpignan, the casket of the icon of Dani appeared in a white lace shroud and covered with bunches of roses at the end of the funeral. Huge applause. Final salute to the fairy of the arts.

Danny is gone. Under the scorching sun that hit the square of Saint-Jean-Cathedral in Perpignan, on Tuesday 26 July, this square was so loved by the idol of the sixties that his early fans would not have missed anything in the world to say to her all their love one last time. A final farewell full of nostalgia.

Before 1 p.m., the bell tower had not yet rang before groups of gray-haired men and women waited for the cathedral doors to open. “All our young people are there, a whole generation sad”, whispered in a sharp tone two young grandmothers dressed in black, searching for an impossible corner of shade to shelter themselves. Soon they were joined by a crowd of unknown people, who stuck to the entrance to the building, just to make sure, like the other sixty-year-olds in the city, to bow down. “Childhood friend” Danny, whose black and pew-dotted portraits are strewn with flowers on the steps of the altar.

Crying flows like so many petals of tears

An hour and a half later, the death knell sounded to the rhythm of sighs that flowed like so many petals of tears. The funeral procession has arrived. He is followed by Danny’s family, his sister Veronique, his sons, his grandchildren, his nephews, his cousins… Intimate relatives are added to the relatives of the disappeared. Françoise Quinta, who grumbles unfortunately, is ready to introduce herself “The luxury of breaking down with my late friend”. Gerard, Manu Lanvin, Kaley, Joe Massu, Anthony Delon, Mathilde Sener, Emily March, Jean-Marie Berry… mingle with a multigenerational crowd that now includes more than three thousand people to finally take their place in the front row.

Father Joel Marie presides over the religious ceremonies. “Danny, I loved the roses for the message of love they convey. Roses from Perpignan, roses from other places with an invisible scent but so real, they carry this eternal love within you”, The abbot who goes his first thought to the little girl of Perpignan begins Who lived her first holiness on May 22, 1952 in this parish where she came to pray. And where Bishop Norbert Turini also wanted to send a moving message in memory of Danny. Father Joseph Marty, a man of church and culture, has long rubbed shoulders with Danny “Loyalty and discretion”He joins the tribute and reads it. An excerpt from this corporate moment the board shared: “Chère Danièle, vous êtes partie en pleine vie. Votre mort est vivante. La croix en or que vous portez autour du cou est devenue la clé qui vous ouvre les portes d’une nouvelle vie et de ce Dieu que vous qui vous cherchiez welcome”.

During meditation time, the word returns to prayer, to a text from the Bible, to a passage from “The night doesn’t last”, autobiography signed by Danny. Then to the words of love to her sister, Veronique, that you conjure up “A multi-faceted artist who has always known how to put poetry and love that belongs only to her”. About his sons Emmanuel and Julian who dedicated to him “Unconditional and glowing love”. To the messages of his grandchildren who are gathered in tears describing a “Rock and Roll Grandma”And the “A star shines more in the sky. My mother, my grandmother, my aunt Danny, as she likes to say: kisses and love. Forever”concludes his bereaved relatives.

On the smell of incense, Lou Reed sings on CD the first notes of his title perfect day. The family chose her for the last farewell moments. Not patriotic or flowery, but sober and moving. Even the applause that greeted Danny’s coffin as he left the cathedral. Destination The family crypt of St. Martin’s Cemetery where the beautiful and great lady with booms and bangs is buried in the utmost privacy.

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