Postlethwaite Buried In Private Family Funeral

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January 19, 2011 | 4:20am EST

British actor Pete Postlethwaite was laid to rest in a small family funeral service conducted by his cousin on Saturday.
The Oscar-nominated star passed away at a hospital in Shropshire, England earlier this month after a lengthy illness, prompting tributes from his acting peers, including Kevin Spacey and Julie Walters.

Postlethwaite, who shied away from media attention when off-screen, was buried near his home in Shropshire on Saturday.

The service was overseen by his cousin, Father Nick Postlethwaite, who reveals the family wanted a private farewell.

He tells Britain’s Daily Express, “Pete was a very private man and his funeral reflected that. There will be other opportunities for the wider community to pay tribute to him.”

A memorial service for the star will take place in London on 16 February.