Mikey Connors Buried In Lavish Coffin With A Diamond-Studded Crown
They say you can't take it with you when you go, but it turns out that's not strictly true. After all, the pharaohs of Ancient Egypt were entombed with all their worldly riches and then some, much to the delight of grave robbers.
And now My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding and Celebrity Big Brother star Paddy Doherty's nephew - who was tragically killed in a horse-and-cart crash last month - has been laid to rest with an incredibly lavish funeral that included a coffin engraved with a £100,000 ($128,000) diamond-studded crown, according to reports.
Thirty-year-old horse trainer Mikey Connors died after being hit by a car at high speed in South East London. His horse also had to be put down.
Yesterday's service was attended by 200 mourners, who were brought to St Michael's Catholic Church in Ashtead, Surrey by 16 white Rolls Royces, each of which had two light blue flags bearing the text 'Mikey Connors, our legend, one in a billion, king of the road'.
A 50-foot red carpet was also laid out leading to Mikey's grave.
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The fleet of cars blocked the road, with the police unable to do anything about it, prompting one disgruntled local resident called Sandra to say: "They haven't closed the road, they've blocked the road. If you're a gypsy you can do whatever you like in this country."
Which seems a bit inappropriate given the context of the situation.
There was also a life-sized jockey, horse and cart made out of flowers as the centrepiece to the funeral, where Paddy Doherty took his place as one of ten pallbearers. As the pallbearers carried the coffin in, they held a WBC boxing belt and a framed photo of Mikey kissing a small child.
Family members banged on the side of the baby-blue coffin while shouting 'Mikey' and 'God bless ya', as a woman behind the coffin carried a speaker which played 'A Place In The Sun' by Stevie Wonder followed by 'Shotgun' by George Ezra.
Before his coffin was placed in the back of a hearse, Mikey Connors was taken for one last race as his coffin joined a horse and cart race outside Epsom racecourse. His coffin was then transferred to a hearse and taken to the cemetery.
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