Burt Reynolds will be laid to rest in an emotional private ceremony for family and friends in West Palm Beach, Florida this morning, RadarOnline.com can exclusively report.
Invited guests flooded into the church for the service, which started at 10 am local time, to be greeted by an oil painting of Reynolds dressed in western wear on a horse, clutching a dog in his arms.
The service opened with a prayer by Kevin Mahoney, followed by a recollection of Reynolds’ life by close friend Mo Mustaine.
A eulogy will be delivered by actor and producer Todd Vittum, who worked with Reynolds on one of his final performances in The Last Movie Star.
The song “Amazing Grace” will be performed, followed by a scripture reading, A Message of Hope and a closing prayer for the actor who passed away from a heart attack at 82 on September 6.
The intimate service will be followed by a much larger celebration of the Smokey and the Bandit star’s life, which will be open to the public.
As RadarOnline.com exclusively reported, Reynolds’ former girlfriend Ann Scurry, 82, said his family plans to scatter his ashes at sea.
Scurry told Radar of Reynolds: “We were good friends, we still went for lunch together regularly. He was the love of my life.
“[I was married but] he was lonely. He used to call at all hours of the night. We’d talk for hours.”
“Burt was ready to go. He had become very frail.”
“Even when we weren’t together he was always still back there. Even years later, I’d hear his name and my heart would beat faster.”
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