Relatives and Friends of Chris Farley Gather in Madison, Wis., for Today's Funeral
Dec. 23, 1997
MADISON, Wis. (AP) _ With public memorials planned in the big cities where he became famous, the family of comedian Chris Farley sought privacy for their own farewell in his hometown.
Farley, 33, the big, boisterous comic who was a cast member on NBC-TV's ``Saturday Night Live'' for four seasons, was found dead Thursday at his apartment in Chicago. The cause of death has not yet been released.
Relatives and close friends gathered here for his funeral today at Queen of Peace Catholic Church. His family asked that fans stay away.
``Later on, the public will be able to visit Chris' (grave) site if they want to get close to him,'' said his brother, John Farley.
A public service was being arranged for later at Edgewood High School, which Farley attended, and other memorials were being planned in Chicago, New York and Los Angeles, John Farley said.
Another brother, Tom Farley, said Monday the family was dealing with the tragedy ``in typical Irish fashion. A lot of tears, a lot of laughter.''
``It's wonderful to see the outpouring of support and sympathy from well beyond the boundaries of Madison,'' he said. ``It's a fine tribute to Christopher.''