‘Bury me in York’ – the wish of David Gest, as revealed in one of his last interviews

David Gest loved living here, and wanted to be laid to rest here too. Photograph: ITV / YouTube
13 Apr 2016 @ 7.19 pm
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It’s emerged that David Gest loved York so much, he wanted to be buried here.

In one of his last interviews, the celebrity made clear where he wanted to be laid to rest – and it wasn’t in his home city of Los Angeles.

He told the Grimsby Evening Telegraph:

I will never go back to LA; I will die here and want to be buried in York. I love this country much more than my own.

The interview was published less than a month ago. David was found dead in the five-star Four Seasons Hotel in London’s Canary Wharf on Tuesday (April 12).

‘Lovely and approachable’

Producer and reality TV star David lived in York for some time, mingling happily with the residents.

Mark Wayt met him in Currys on Clifton Moor. On the YorkMix Facebook page Mark wrote “He was a rather lovely chap and really approachable. What a shame.”

Another reader, Andy Neale, said: “Sad news. I remember having a beer with Dave in the Revolution. He was a nice bloke.”

The journalist who interviewed David for the Grimsby Evening Telegraph, Emma Mathias, wrote yesterday:

Let’s hope that the fabulous, crazy and spirited Mr Gest gets his final wish and finds his way to York, a city in which he had lived and adored.

And as we had chortled about at the time, the local clergy couldn’t manage to bring King Richard III home to the city; we hope that David Gest is a comforting second best, should he make it.