The funeral for a larger-than-life pianist, Van Cliburn, was held today in Fort Worth. He was celebrated by Presidents, heads of state, and friends who wanted to honor his legacy. Van Cliburn died Wednesday at his home after a lengthy battle with bone cancer. He rose to international fame in the 1950′s. Today’s funeral featured tributes from President George W. Bush, Governor Rick Perry, and Paul Harvey, Jr.
President Obama also sent his condolences. It read “We mark the passing of Van Cliburn, one of the most talented pianists of the last century and a musical artist of rare distinction.” This holds true from the people who knew him best.