Police guard the Frank E. Campbell funeral home
The Manhattan funeral home handling Heath Ledger
's services has been the discreet institution of choice for families of celebrities ranging from Jackie O. to Aaliyah. A brief history of the stars that have been laid to rest at the 110-year-old Frank E. Campbell Funeral Chapel over the years:
1926: Silent-screen actor Rudolph Valentino
's funeral draws nearly 100,000 mourners.
1969: Campbell's stays open all night as 20,000 mourners file through to view Judy Garland
1980: John Lennon
's body is taken to the chapel, where the slain musician's family requests that his funeral preparations be kept private.
February 1983: Theater bigwigs and fans join family and friends at the chapel to pay their respects to playwright Tennessee Williams
1991: Eric Clapton's four-year-old son, Conor
, is taken to Campbell's before being transported to England for his funeral.
1994: A crowd surges around the hearse when it arrives at Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis
's apartment to escort her body to the funeral home.
1997: Notorious B.I.G.
is transported to Campbell's after he is gunned down in Los Angeles. As the rapper is remembered by friends and family, fans gather outside listening to his music.
2001: Pop singer Aaliyah
's casket leaves the funeral home in a glass-encased, horse-drawn carriage and is taken to a nearby church, where mourners including Missy Elliott, Jay-Z and Chris Rock attend a private service.
2003: Salsa queen Celia Cruz
is also carried from Campbell's to her funeral in a horse-drawn carriage. Fans gather outside the chapel in hopes of seeing the singer one last time.
July 2005: Legendary R&B singer Luther Vandross
's viewing is held at the home, and hundreds of fans wait hours to pay their respects.
August 2005: Family members lay ABC anchorman Peter Jennings
to rest in a private funeral at the chapel.
2006: Everybody Loves Raymond
actor Peter Boyle
's memorial service is held at the funeral home. Attendees including co-stars Ray Romano, Doris Roberts, Patricia Heaton and Brad Garrett listen as Chris Botti plays his trumpet.
August 2007: Hotelier Leona Helmsley
's intimate funeral service is held at the chapel.
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