Ever since Doris Day‘s foundation announced the star passed away on Monday, May 9, people around the world have been mourning her death. In Los Angeles, the late actress’ fans have been placing flowers on her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame to show how much they appreciate the icon.
Some even stopped to take photos of the beautiful memorial that was decorated with white, yellow, pink and red flowers on their way to work. “The amount of fan mail she still gets is crazy,” her friend and biographer Pierre Patrick previously revealed to Closer Weekly before Doris died. “When I was at her house for her birthday, there were bags, and bags of mail in the garage, and she’s great at answering it all.”
Doris’ memorial on her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame might be the only place that fans can pay tribute to her after her death. According to her foundation, she won’t have a funeral or a headstone to mark her grave.
“No funeral, no memorial and no [grave] marker,” her close friend Bob Bashara recently shared to People. “She didn’t like death, and she couldn’t be with her animals if they had to be put down. She had difficulty accepting death.” Doris hated talking about death so much that she couldn’t even fathom to think about her pets eventually dying.
“I’d say we need to provide for her dogs [after she died], and she’d say, ‘I don’t want to think about it’ and she said, ‘Well, you just take care of them,’” Bob recalled. “She had several when her will was written, and she wanted to be sure they were taken care of. She didn’t like to talk about the dogs dying.”
Animals had a special place in Doris’ heart. When she was alive she fought for their rights and brought a lot of attention to animal cruelty. The only thing bigger than her heart was her smile!