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Karl Lagerfeld: I’d rather die than have a funeral

KARL LAGERFELD will be cremated but have no ceremony in accordance with his wishes, it was announced yesterday.

Mr Lagerfeld (pictured) once said: ‘There will be no funeral. I’d rather die!’

A spokeswoman for Chanel, the brand he led for 36 years, said: ‘His wishes will be respected.’ His ashes are expected to be scattered with those of his mother and late partner.

The fashion designer, who died of pancreatic cancer on Tuesday aged 85, was in a relationship for 18 years with Jacques De Bascher, and kept a bedside vigil when he died of Aids in 1989.

Le Monde reported that people close to Mr Lagerfeld said he always kept an urn containing the ashes of Mr De Bascher and had requested that their remains are mixed in death.

Mr Lagerfeld was said to have refused to attend funerals.

ACTRESS Jameela Jamil called Karl Lagerfield a ‘fat-phobic misogynist’ as she criticised glowing tributes paid to him. The ex-BBC Radio 1 presenter, now in US sitcom The Good Place, said it was wrong to treat him as a ‘saint gone too soon’, adding: ‘Talented for sure, but not the best person.’ He once said models should expect to have their ‘pants pulled about’.