Las Vegas requests final marquee tribute to Goulet
Las Vegas tourism officials are pitching one last tribute to the late Robert Goulet, the famed baritone and actor who was a fixture in the city.
The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority has issued a call to the city's hotel-casinos to honour the U.S.-born, Canadian-raised performer by emblazoning his name on their marquees for one last time on Friday.
Goulet died at 73 on Oct. 30 in a Los Angeles hospital. He had been awaiting a lung transplant after becoming ill with a form of pulmonary fibrosis in late September.
For many years, and especially during the mid-1970s, Goulet had been a regular headliner in Sin City, with his name up in lights a familiar sight among the marquees on the Las Vegas Strip. He also maintained a home in Las Vegas.
A host of celebrities are expected to descend on the city Friday for Goulet's funeral, which will be held at the city's Shrine of the Most Holy Redeemer.
The service will also be open to members of the public, who will join invited mourners such as Goulet's longtime friend Wayne Newton, Michael and Kirk Douglas, Barry Manilow, Céline Dion and Eydie Gorme.
With files from the Associated Press