Doris Day does not receive – according to her own wishes – a funeral, farewell service or tombstone. The Hollywood icon, who died on Monday at the age of 97, “had trouble accepting death.” Her manager and good friend Bob Bashara told People.

“She didn’t like death”

Day “didn’t like to talk” about her funeral or farewell service, Bashara said. “She didn’t like death, and couldn’t be with her animals if she had to put them to sleep.” In addition to being a singer and actress, Day was a great animal lover and for a long time committed to animal rights. When she drafted her will, Day had several dogs. “I said at the time: we have to take care of the dogs. And said, I don’t want to think about it.”

Bashara is not sure why the Hollywood icon would rather not have a funeral. “I think because she was very shy.” According to Days manager, world fame has not changed her. “She was still the little girl from Cincinnati who was extremely talented.” Day would also never have understood why she was so popular, although she greatly appreciated the fan mail she received.

Day has recorded that its capital goes to charities. “The most important thing is to continue the foundation,” said Bashara about the Doris Day Animal Foundation, which was established in 1978. Relatives and fans who want to honor Day are referred to the website of the foundation.