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Farewell to a great human being


Solemn moments that give people an insight into nature's works: The cycle of a great human being had ended  – the power of the universe corresponds to a limitless power that alters and renews everything. Within this unending change, people look for ways in which they can live in harmony with nature and need have no fear of death. The all-dominating grief of many visitors in Japan and in Switzerland transformed into a strength and a unity with Andy, his family and with nature.


On the 28th of August 2000, the official ceremony and Andy's cremation took place in Japan. The column of black limousines that accompanied his coffin was awaited by some 12,000 people - fans who cried out his name in despair. This unimaginable attendance caused everyone to sense the devotion and love with which he had been honoured in this country. Fighters, friends, captains of industry, politicians and admirers had come to express their dismay and contributed with their presence to giving Andy strength for his last journey.

Impressions of the over 10 km long queue for Andy's book of condolence in Tokyo


Each culture has its own religious rituals. They convey a spiritual unity and help people to find their inner peace. His family, his relatives and numerous fans from Switzerland were not in a position to travel to Japan in order to take part in the funeral ceremonies. For this reason, Ilona decided that an additional funeral service should be held in Zurich's Grossmünster church, so that here too everyone could unite hearts and minds and say their goodbyes to Andy. Several thousand visitors assembled there on the 1st of September.


Farewell in front of Zurich's Grossmünster


First the invited guests were admitted, then other friends and admirers of Andy, who had come from all over Switzerland. Unfortunately, a lot of people had to remain outside, since there was nowhere near enough room inside the cathedral. The service, the various speeches, the heavenly tones of Andy's favourite music and, once again, Erkan Akis' singing, all caused an atmosphere to be generated that linked the feelings of mourning with traditional elements of Christian spirituality to form a worthy occasion. On leaving the church, all those in attendance placed flowers one by one in front of Andy's picture. Many gave free rein to their tears. The genuine sympathy of these many people and their devoted farewell were very moving.

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