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Church: No full burial service for Romanian singer

Popular Romanian singer Madalina Manole is seen during a photo shoot in Bucharest, Romania, in this photo dated Feb. 10, 2010, who has been found dead Wednesday, July 14, 2010, at home on her 43rd birthday, and prosecutors are examining the possibility of suicide. Manole made her debut when she was 15, and became one of the country's best loved singers. She is survived by her husband and a 1-year-old son, Petru. Popular Romanian singer Madalina Manole is seen during a photo shoot in Bucharest, Romania, in this photo dated Feb. 10, 2010, who has been found dead Wednesday, July 14, 2010, at home on her 43rd birthday, and prosecutors are examining the possibility of suicide. Manole made her debut when she was 15, and became one of the country's best loved singers. She is survived by her husband and a 1-year-old son, Petru. (AP Photo/Tango Magazine Romania)
July 16, 2010

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BUCHAREST, Romania—The Romanian Orthodox Church said Friday as thousands mourned the death of a popular singer that it would not give her a full burial service because she committed suicide.

A single priest will perform a simple service for Madalina Manole in a church courtyard, the church said, because it considers suicide "a grave sin."

Some Romanians, including singer Tavi Colen, publicly urged the church to reconsider, saying Manole was a believer who suffered from depression, which should be treated as an illness.

It would break church law to give the singer a full service without written medical evidence that she was clinically depressed, church spokesman Constantin Stoica said.

Thousands paid their respects at a church before her burial later Friday in her hometown of Ploiesti, north of Bucharest.

Manole died Wednesday on her 43rd birthday after drinking a powerful insecticide. Her husband found her body.

Manole was of the country's best-loved artists, specializing in folk and popular music, often with romantic themes, and her death shocked Romanians.