Funerals are becoming increasingly expensive. Royal London’s National Funeral Cost Index report 2020 found that the average cost of a funeral in 2020 is £3,837. A burial funeral costs more on average at £4,383, and a cremation funeral costs less on average at £3,290. London has the highest funeral costs in the UK with the average funeral now standing at an all-time high of £5,032. Northern Ireland remains the least expensive region in the UK for a funeral with the average cost being £2,962. Luckily, a life insurance pay-out can help out your loved ones with the funeral costs.

This got us thinking about funerals and burial plots… Each year, thousands of people head to their favourite celebrities’ graves to pay their respects. With this in mind, we researched the final resting places (burial  plot details) for 70 icons across various industries, including art, civil rights, crime, film, health, literature, music, politics, religion, royalty, science, and sports. Read on to find out more…

Art, Civil Rights and Crime

Art

We researched 4 of the most famous artists of all time, hailing from France, Italy, and the USA:

NAME

YEAR OF DEATH

AGE OF DEATH

CAUSE OF DEATH

GRAVE/BURIAL PLOT LOCATION

CITY / STATE

COUNTRY

Vincent Van Gogh

1890

37

Suicide

Auvers-sur-Oise Town Cemetery

Auvers-sur-Oise

France

Claude Monet

1926

86

Lung cancer

Église Sainte-Radegonde de Giverny

Giverney, Normandy

France

Michelangelo

1564

88

Illness

The Basilica di Santa Croce

Florence

Italy

Andy Warhol

1987

58

Cardiac arrest

St. John the Baptist Byzantine Catholic Cemetery

Bethnal Park, Pennsylvania

USA


Civil Rights

We also looked at key figures in civil rights, including Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr., and Rosa Parks:

NAME

YEAR OF DEATH

AGE OF DEATH

CAUSE OF DEATH

GRAVE/BURIAL PLOT LOCATION

CITY / STATE

COUNTRY

Mahatma Gandhi

1948

78

Assassinated

Raj Ghat

Delhi

India

Martin Luther King, Jr.

1968

39

Assassinated

Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Park

Atlanta, Georgia

USA

Rosa Parks

2005

92

Natural causes

Woodlawn Cemetery

Detroit, Michigan

USA

NB. Gandhi’s ashes are buried.

Crime

While heinous, those who commit crimes can become famous in their own right, including the infamous Jack the Ripper:
 

NAME

YEAR OF DEATH

AGE OF DEATH

CAUSE OF DEATH

GRAVE/BURIAL PLOT LOCATION

CITY / STATE

COUNTRY

Jack the Ripper

1888

31

Suicide

Nunhead Cemetery

London

England

Film

Film

Many film stars are laid to rest in Hollywood, with locations Forest Lawn Memorial Park and Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park & Mortuary located in LA, California:
 

NAME

YEAR OF DEATH

AGE OF DEATH

CAUSE OF DEATH

GRAVE/BURIAL PLOT LOCATION

CITY / STATE

COUNTRY

Heath Ledger

2008

28

Accidental prescription drug overdose

Karrakatta Cemetery

Perth

Australia

Grace Kelly

1982

52

Car crash

Saint Nicholas Cathedral

Monaco

Monaco

Ingrid Bergman

1982

67

Cancer

Norra Begravningsplatsen

Stockholm

Sweden

Audrey Hepburn

1993

63

Appendiceal cancer

Tolochenaz Cemetery

Tolochenaz

Switzerland

Walt Disney

1966

65

Lung cancer

Forest Lawn Memorial Park

LA, California

USA

Brittany Murphy

2009

32

Pneumonia, anaemia, and multiple drug intoxication

Forest Lawn Memorial Park

LA, California

USA

Carrie Fisher

2016

60

Heart attack

Forest Lawn Memorial Park

LA, California

USA

Paul Walker

2013

40

Car crash

Forest Lawn Memorial Park

LA, California

USA

Marilyn Monroe

1962

36

Barbiturate overdose

Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park & Mortuary

LA, California

USA

Farrah Fawcett

2009

62

Anal cancer

Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park & Mortuary

LA, California

USA

James Dean

1955

24

Car crash

Park Cemetery

Fairmount, Indiana

USA

Bruce Lee

1973

32

Brain edema

Lake View Cemetery

Seattle, Washington

USA

Health and Literature

Health

We also searched about pioneering icons in the health and medical fields:

NAME

YEAR OF DEATH

AGE OF DEATH

CAUSE OF DEATH

GRAVE/BURIAL PLOT LOCATION

CITY / STATE

COUNTRY

Florence Nightingale

1910

90

Natural causes

St. Margaret of Antioch Churchyard

East Wellow, Test Valley Borough, Hampshire

England

Marie Curie

1934

66

Aplastic anaemia

Panthéon

Paris

France


Literature

We also researched some of the most revered literary icons from history:
 

NAME

YEAR OF DEATH

AGE OF DEATH

CAUSE OF DEATH

GRAVE/BURIAL PLOT LOCATION

CITY / STATE

COUNTRY

George Orwell

1950

46

Tuberculosis

All Saints' Church

Sutton Courtenay

England

William Shakespeare

1616

52

Unknown

Holy Trinity Church

Stratford-upon-Avon

England

Rudyard Kipling

1936

70

A perforated duodenal ulcer (followed by a haemorrhage in his small intestine)

Westminster Abbey

London

England

Charles Dickens

1870

58

Stroke

Westminster Abbey

London

England

Jane Austen

1817

41

Arsenic poisoning

Winchester Cathedral

Winchester

England

Wilfred Owen

1918

25

Killed in action

Ors Communal Cemetery

Ors

France

Music

Music

Many successful musicians leave behind a legacy of their musical contribution to the world, so our research included plenty of music stars, including a couple of members from the allusive ’27 club’:
 

NAME

YEAR OF DEATH

AGE OF DEATH

CAUSE OF DEATH

GRAVE/BURIAL PLOT LOCATION

CITY / STATE

COUNTRY

Amy Winehouse

2011

27

Alcohol poisoning

Edgewarebury Cemetery

Edgeware, North London

England

George Michael

2016

53

Heart and liver disease

Highgate Cemetery

London

England

Bob Marley

1981

36

Melanoma skin cancer

Bob Marley Mausoleum

St. Ann's Bay

Jamaica

Avicii

2018

28

Suicide

Skogskyrkogården

Stockholm

Sweden

Frank Sinatra

1998

82

Heart attack

Desert Memorial Park

Cathedral City, California

USA

Michael Jackson

2009

50

Homicide

Forest Lawn Memorial Park

LA, California

USA

George Harrison

2001

58

Lung cancer

Hollywood Forever Cemetery

LA, California

USA

Whitney Houston

2012

48

Accidental drowning

Fairview Cemetery

Westfield, New Jersey

USA

Aaliyah

2001

22

Plane crash

Ferncliff Cemetery and Mausoleum

Hartsdale, Westchester, New York

USA

Mac Miller

2018

26

Accidental overdose

The Homewood Cemetary

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

USA

Elvis Presley

1977

42

Heart attack

Graceland, Memphis

Tennessee

USA

Jimi Hendrix

1970

27

Drug overdose

Greenwood Memorial Park and Funeral Home

Renton, Washington

USA

Politics, Religion and Royalty

Politics

Key political figures in both British and American history were also researched:

NAME

YEAR OF DEATH

AGE OF DEATH

CAUSE OF DEATH

GRAVE/BURIAL PLOT LOCATION

CITY / STATE

COUNTRY

Winston Churchill

1965

90

Stroke

The Parish Church of Saint Martin Bladon

Bladon near Woodstock, Oxfordshire

England

George Washington

1799

67

Epiglottitis

George Washington's Mount Vernon

Mount Vernon, Virginia

USA

Abraham Lincoln

1865

56

Assassinated

The Lincoln Tomb, Oak Ridge Cemetery

Springfield, Illinois

USA


Religion

The research also included important figures in Christianity:

NAME

YEAR OF DEATH

AGE OF DEATH

CAUSE OF DEATH

GRAVE/BURIAL PLOT LOCATION

CITY / STATE

COUNTRY

Mother Teresa

1997

87

Cardiac arrest

The Mother House of the Missionaries of Charity

Kolkata

India

Jesus

AD 30 or 33

33

Crucifixion

The Church of the Holy Sepulchre

Jerusalem

Israel

Royalty

The research scope also included ancient Egyptian royalty, as well as a beloved royal figure from modern day England:
 

NAME

YEAR OF DEATH

AGE OF DEATH

CAUSE OF DEATH

GRAVE/BURIAL PLOT LOCATION

CITY / STATE

COUNTRY

Tutankhamun

1324 BC

19

Unknown

Tomb of Tut Ankh Amum

New Valley Governorate

Egypt

Princess Diana

1997

23

Car crash

Althorp Park, Althorpe Estate

Northampton

England

Science and Sports

Science

Interestingly, many late scientists are buried at Westminster Abbey:

NAME

YEAR OF DEATH

AGE OF DEATH

CAUSE OF DEATH

GRAVE/BURIAL PLOT LOCATION

CITY / STATE

COUNTRY

Stephen Hawking

2018

76

ALS

Westminster Abbey

London

England

Charles Darwin

1882

73

Heart attack

Westminster Abbey

London

England

Isaac Newton

1727

84

Natural causes

Westminster Abbey

London

England

Benjamin Franklin

1790

84

Empyema

Christ Church Burial Ground

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

USA

NB. Hawking’s ashes are buried.

Sports

Sports fans grieved the loss of several sports stars in 2020, including:
 

NAME

YEAR OF DEATH

AGE OF DEATH

CAUSE OF DEATH

GRAVE/BURIAL PLOT LOCATION

CITY / STATE

COUNTRY

Diego Maradona

2020

60

Heart attack

Bella Vista Cemetery

Buenos Aires

Argentina

Kobe Bryant

2020

41

Helicopter crash

Pacific View Memorial Park & Mortuary

Newport Beach, California

USA

Muhammad Ali

2016

74

Septic shock

Cave Hill Cemetery

Louisville, Kentucky

USA

Cremation

Cremation

Of the 70 icons that were researched, 15 were cremated instead of buried:

NAME

INDUSTRY

YEAR OF DEATH

AGE OF DEATH

CAUSE OF DEATH

Ted Bundy

Crime

1989

42

Execution

Sean Connery

Film

2020

90

Pneumonia

Alan Rickman

Film

2016

69

Terminal cancer

Marlon Brando

Film

2004

80

Respiratory failure brought on by pulmonary fibrosis

Patrick Swayze

Film

2009

57

Pancreatic cancer

Robin Williams

Film

2014

63

Suicide

Prince

Music

2016

57

Accidental fentanyl overdose

David Bowie

Music

2016

69

Liver cancer

John Lennon

Music

1980

40

Murdered

Kurt Cobain

Music

1994

27

Suicide

Tupac Shakur

Music

1996

25

Murdered

Freddie Mercury

Music

1991

45

Aids

Margaret Thatcher

Politics

2013

87

Stroke

Albert Einstein

Science

1955

76

Abdominal aortic aneurysm

Sigmund Freud

Science

1939

83

Assisted suicide


Several film stars were cremated – Marlon Brando’s ashes were scattered in multiple locations, specifically Tahiti and Death Valley, California. Swayze's ashes were scattered over his New Mexico ranch, and Robin Williams’ ashes were scattered at sea in San Francisco Bay. At the time of writing, it was revealed that Connery will be cremated in a private service on the Bahamas and some of his ashes will be returned to Scotland to be scattered when the coronavirus crisis restrictions are eased.

When it came to music icons, Prince was amongst those cremated – his remains held Paisley Park, Chanhassen, Minnesota, United States. David Bowie’s ashes were scattered in Bali. John Lennon was cremated at the Ferncliff Cemetery, and Yoko Ono scattered his ashes in Central Park, in sight of their New York apartment. Freddie Mercury’s remains were cremated, with the ashes buried in an undisclosed location by former girlfriend Mary Austin.

Margaret Thatcher’s body was cremated at Mortlake Crematorium, and her ashes were buried at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, London. American serial killer Ted Bundy was cremated in Gainesville, Florida - his ashes were scattered at an undisclosed location at Cascade Range, Washington. Albert Einstein’s cremated ashes were scattered around the grounds of the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, New Jersey, USA. Lastly, Sigmund Freud Cremated at Golders Green Crematorium.

Disclaimer: Cavendish Online are not liable or responsible for the accuracy of the advice provided by third party experts, nor for the content or operation of any third-party websites, webpages, or resources which have been linked to within this article. *Information correct as of 21/12/2020

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