The Chicago Tribune reports that more than 2,500 mourners walked past the caskets of Jennifer Hudson’s mother, brother and nephew. Hudson rose and spent a few minutes with each family member, attendees said, shortly before the service began.
The actress and singer stood at her mother’s casket and then leaned down and kissed her goodbye.
The invitation-only event required all guests have their names on a list and a light blue ticket with “Hudson Family Funeral” printed on it. Police blocked side streets around the church to keep reporters and fans away. Celebrity guests such as Oprah Winfrey, singer Fantasia Barrino, rapper Missy Elliot, actress Queen Latifah and record producer Clive Davis arrived through a private entrance.
Rev. Jesse Jackson spoke at the funeral. American Idol finalist George Huff also sang.
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