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Liberace Fans Gather For Church Tribute

September 13, 1987

LONDON (AP) _ Liberace fans gathered at St. Martin-in-the-Fields church on Saturday to pay tribute to the late pianist, but there were none of the flamboyant trappings associated with the star.

About 200 people attended the memorial service, including Seymour Heller, who had been Liberace’s manger and arrived here from Los Angeles, and Eric Hamelin, Liberace’s 15-year-old protege, from Phoeniz, Ariz.

Hamelin played Chopin’s ″Fantasia″ to Liberace’s arrangement and closed with a version of ″I’ll Be Seeing You″ at the church on Trafalgar Square.

Liberace died at age 67 in California on Feb. 4 of complications related to AIDS, or acquired immune deficiency syndrome, according to a coroner’s autopsy report.

The disease is usually fatal and is transmitted through sexual contact, sharing of contaminated hypodermic needles, and use of tainted blood or blood products.

Liberace’s physician wrote in the death certificate that the pianist died of cardiac arrest due to inflamation of the brain.

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