Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 1 March 2015

Madonna jets in for funeral of Irish interior designer David Collins

Singer Madonna was among the mourners at the funeral of Irish interior designer David Collins yesterday.

The Grammy Award winner is said to be devastated by her friend's sudden passing and flew in to Dublin yesterday morning to properly pay her respects to the 58-year-old.

Mr Collins died on July 17, after being diagnosed with skin cancer just three weeks ago.

His sudden death last week has left the fashion world in shock.

Madonna and Mr Collins formed a close friendship a number of years ago and he decorated several of her homes.

On learning of his death last Wednesday, 54-year-old Madonna posted a photograph of red roses on her Instagram account with the caption: m"In memory of David Collins. He was a great talent and a good and loyal friend for 17 years. God bless him and may he RIP."

Dressed in a simple black dress and sunglasses, she arrived to the Mass yesterday morning at St Patrick's Church in Monkstown, Co Dublin, with a bouquet of pink flowers in hand.

Also carrying a pamphlet, which she gave to the deceased's mother, Helen, she turned up to join the 120 mourners at noon.

The Material Girl singer was just one of many famous faces to mourn his loss yesterday.

BBC presenter Graham Norton was also among the congregation, as were fashion designer Louise Kennedy, and RTE TV presenter Brendan Courtney.

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