Emotional Jackie Chan buries father in Australia

Fri Mar 7, 2008 11:06pm EST
 
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By Rob Taylor

CANBERRA (Reuters) - Hong Kong action film star Jackie Chan returned to his Australian roots on Saturday to bury his father alongside his mother almost six years after she died in Australia's capital.

Chan's father Charlie died in a Hong Kong hospital on February 26, aged 93, after battling prostate cancer. Chan brought his body back to Canberra to be laid to rest beside Lee Lee Chan, who died in 2002.

"It's a hard day. I loved my father so much because he did so much for me when I was young. We had a very poor family and he left Hong Kong to support himself. He was just the greatest father for me," a distraught Chan told reporters.

Hundreds of mourners including the U.S. ambassador and Chinese deputy envoy attended the funeral at a leafy winery on the outskirts of Canberra, before burial at a nearby cemetery.

Chan arrived early in a black bead-embroidered suit and dark wrap sunglasses, walking past vineyards and scores of floral wreaths lining the entrance to the DeVine winery complex.

Inside, the flower-draped casket lay in front of a photo of Charlie Chan with his favorite fishing caps and wooden pipe.

Jackie Chan, star of Hollywood films such as "Rush Hour" and "Rumble in the Bronx," arrived in Australia aged 6 after his father moved there for work in the 1960s, but was soon sent back to Hong Kong to attend the China Drama Academy.

He continued to spend lengthy periods in Canberra with his parents, briefly attending a local high school.   Continued...

 
<p>File photo shows Jackie Chan at the Asian International Security, Safety and Fire Protection Show and Conference in Hong Kong June 7, 2006. Chan returned to his Australian roots on Saturday to bury his father alongside his mother almost six years after she died in Australia's capital. REUTERS/Paul Yeung</p>