A truly epic send-off… What more could you ask for? These heartfelt and sometimes pretty spicy tributes are a testament to not only their world-class talents, but their world-class lovability. Because honestly, no one wants to celebrate the life and legacy of a real jerk face. Tragedy and loss are the toughest things we have to deal with on this wet rock, but when a memorial is done right, the family, friends (and in the fortunate case of these posthumous honorees) adoring fans can crack a tearful smile. It’s pretty cool that even though they were clearly dealing with loss, they scrounged up the gumption to help provide the fans with a better sense of what their friend meant to their families and the world. Getting the family involved in the tribute is even better. Kudos. Our tears got a proud nod or even a laugh because of these best tributes to fallen members of bandmates, castmates, and comedians. 15 Ashes to ashes. Smoke to smoke.
Michael O'Neill/Wiki Commons Grunge 14 Howard Stern’s “dry” humor.
13 Quite possibly the only service in history to feature Muppets.
Buena Vista Television Grunge 12 One of the best rock songs of all time is a tribute.
United Artists, Brunswick Records/Wiki Commons The Guardian 11 It’s the little things we remember.
Jack Fordyce/Shutterstock , Bill Abbott/Flickr Ultimate Classic Rock 10 Neil Young’s anti-drug song is a tribute.
Reprise Records/Wiki Commons Ultimate Classic Rock 9 An epic tribute for the “Dirty Daddy.”
Netflix, Joe Seer/Shutterstock Entertainment Weekly 8 Monty Python keeps Graham Chapman part of the gag.
Handmade Films, YouTube YouTube 7 George Harrison and Paul McCartney’s tribute songs to John Lennon.
mark reinstein/Shutterstock , David Hume Kennerly/Wiki Commons , rnkadsgn/Shutterstock Far Out Magazine The Beatles Bible 6 Michael Jackson’s kingly send-off.
AP (via Cincinnati Enquirer), 360b/Shutterstock Cincinnati Enquirer 5 Shane Hawkins fills his dad’s toms.
MTV/YouTube , Raph_PH/Flickr Upworthy
4 Another son takes the reins.
Jack Fordyce/Shutterstock , Bruce Springsteen/YouTube Ultimate Classic Rock 3 Adam Sandler’s touching tribute song to Chris Farley.
Saturday Night Live/YouTube , Paramount Pictures CNN 2 The Notorious B.I.G is celebrated in Brooklyn.
Reuters (via BuzzFeed News), Anton_Ivanov/Shutterstock BuzzFeeds News 1 'SNL' and Brian Doyle-Murray pay tribute to John Belushi.
Saturday Night Live/YouTube, Universal Pictures Saturday Night Live/YouTube
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