Johnny Hallyday's coffin has been transferred to a final vault in the Lorient marine cemetery on the Antillean island of Saint Barthélemy, near the grave where he was buried in December 2017, said today Wednesday January 15, his widow Laeticia.
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Justifying the transfer of the singer's grave, the wife of the deceased rocker wrote on Instagram: "Johnny is finally resting in his last home, on the island of Saint Barthélemy. It was the choice of a free man, who found the peace he wanted here. The steps were carried out with professionalism, respecting his wishes. ” In the hollow, she sent a message to Laura Smet who had repeatedly deplored not having been consulted regarding this change of burial.
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Laeticia Hallyday concluded her message, illustrated with the portrait of the interpreter of That I love you, who had been placed in front of the Madeleine church during the popular tribute rendered after his death, with a few words of appreciation to his supporters: "I thank with all my heart all those who contributed to it."
The transfer of the body was done with the agreement of the singer's elders, Laura Smet and David Hallyday
Me Gilles Gauer, counsel to Laeticia Hallyday
The coffin was transferred overnight from Tuesday to Wednesday in Saint-Barthélémy, his entourage told AFP. "It was done with the agreement of the singer's elders, Laura Smet and David Hallyday"Gilles Gauer, lawyer for Laeticia Hallyday at AFP, said on Wednesday morning.
This project was the subject of an arms deal at the end of December between Laeticia Hallyday and Laura Smet, who agreed "on the principle of exhumation" but refused to do so without being consulted on the conditions.
Since his burial on December 11, 2017 on the small Caribbean island, the rocker has rested in a coffin which was threatened by sand and crabs, according to the entourage of Laeticia Hallyday. "The sea sand, very aggressive and very corrosive (…) could significantly alter the wood of the coffin, to which we can add the danger of large earth crabs very numerous in the cemetery of Lorient", assured the lawyer for Laeticia Hallyday at the end of December, citing the chief gravedigger of the cemeteries of Saint-Barthélemy.
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Laeticia Hallyday had this family vault built for several months right next to the first tomb. But the exhumation and the transfer of the coffin were suspended by the Collectivity at the beginning of October at the request of Laura Smet, who considered that she had not been previously consulted on this transfer.
The rocker's widow’s relationship with David Hallyday and Laura Smet has been strained since the star’s death, and a legal battle pits the two camps over the legacy. And the recent reappearance in Saint Barth last December of André Boudou, Laeticia’s father, often controversial, risks worsening relations between the two clans.
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