No full burial service for singer

2010-07-16 20:21
Bucharest – The Romanian Orthodox Church said on Friday as thousands mourned the death of a popular singer that it would not give her a full burial service because she committed suicide.

A single priest will perform a simple service for Madalina Manole in a church courtyard, the church said, because it considers suicide "a grave sin".

Some Romanians, including singer Tavi Colen, publicly urged the church to reconsider, saying Manole was a believer who suffered from depression, which should be treated as an illness.

It would break church law to give the singer a full service without written medical evidence that she was clinically depressed, church spokesperson Constantin Stoica said.

Thousands paid their respects at a church before her burial later on Friday in her hometown of Ploiesti, north of Bucharest.

Manole died on Wednesday on her 43rd birthday after drinking a powerful insecticide. Her husband found her body.

Manole was of the country's best-loved artists, specialising in folk and popular music, often with romantic themes, and her death shocked Romanians.
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