July 9, 2004 --
LOS ANGELES — More than 80 of Eric Douglas' family and close friends paid final respects to the troubled actor yesterday before laying him to rest in a celebrity-laden West L.A. cemetery.
The 46-year-old son of screen legend Kirk Douglas and half-brother of Hollywood superstar Michael Douglas will spend eternity at Pierce Brothers Westwood Villa Memorial Park and Mortuary.
Eric Douglas' brother Peter Douglas, half-brothers Kirk and Joel Douglas and Kirk Douglas' son Cameron Douglas were among six pallbearers who carried the flower-covered casket from the park chapel to the burial site.
The brothers, Michael Douglas' wife Catherine Zeta-Jones and Kirk Douglas then took shovels and solemnly heaped dirt on the coffin, symbolically burying their troubled kin.
A frail-looking Kirk Douglas, accompanied by wife Anne Douglas, needed help walking at the burial ceremony and again required assistance to board his limo home.
"They're going to be all right — obviously it's difficult for them right now," family friend and spokesman Allen Burry said after yesterday's funeral.
Several of Kirk Douglas' old-time Hollywood pals — including actor Louis Jordan and game show host Monte Hall — also attended the funeral.
New York cops found Eric Douglas, 46, dead inside a Manhattan apartment on Tuesday. The death is still under investigation, but no foul play was immediately suspected.
Eric Douglas, who could never emerge from the larger-than-life shadows of his brother and father, fought drugs and alcohol for years.