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Last Updated: Saturday, 22 January, 2005, 17:04 GMT
Flamboyant German designer buried
Funeral scenes
Thousands braved the cold to say goodbye
Thousands of Germans have braved the cold to bid farewell to murdered fashion designer Rudolph Moshammer.

Live television coverage showed up to 10,000 people lining the streets of Munich as the hearse proceeded through the southern city to the cemetery.

The flamboyant 64-year-old designer was found dead at his home on 14 January. An Iraqi man has been charged.

Moshammer was well known in Germany's celebrity circuit for the extravagant clothes he designed and wore.

He was always seen with his beloved pet, Yorkshire terrier Daisy, in his arms.

On Friday, German newspaper Bild reported that he had even left his Munich villa to Daisy to live there until she dies, cared for by his former chauffeur.

Homeless charities

Police said 5,000 to 10,000 people lined Munich's streets for the funeral, many throwing flowers at the hearse.

The funeral cortege stopped for a minute's silence outside his boutique, before proceeding to Munich's Ostfriedhof cemetery, where he was buried next to his mother and a previous pet Yorkshire terrier.

Moshammer and Daisy were regular fixtures in German media.

Rudolph Moshammer with his dog Daisy
Daisy will be able to stay in the Munich villa for the rest of her life

Among the designer's clients were Austrian-born Arnold Schwarzenegger, now Governor of California, tenor Jose Carreras and the Las Vegas-based magicians Siegfried and Roy.

Moshammer first opened a boutique in Munich's most expensive street, Maximilianstrasse, in 1967, where he offered his fur, cashmere and silk garments.

According to reports, the designer's will stipulates that the bulk of his estate should go to the benefactor who helped him realise the dream of opening the boutique almost 40 years ago.

Meanwhile, the proceeds from the sale of the shop, limousines and other possessions are to go charities for the homeless. About 400 homeless people attended a funeral feast.

In 2002, Moshammer sold a shirt thought to have been worn by Napoleon Bonaparte at the Battle of Waterloo at auction for more than 62,000 euros ($81,200), donating the proceeds to a Munich homeless charity.




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