HONG Kong superstar Andy Lau's name was believed to have been inscribed on a piece of paper and pasted onto a streamer strung up at the funeral of former beauty queen Carol Chu's father.
The streamer - an ancient type of banner hoisted on a mast - is usually presented to the deceased by the sons- or daughters-in-law.
However, all three major Chinese dailies reported that the paper bearing Lau's name was later torn off by a funeral parlour worker.
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China Press wrote that a relative was overheard shouting at the worker during the funeral - 'Itu Andy Lau, kasih koyak! (That's Andy Lau's name, tear it off!)'
The worker immediately tore off the name before keeping the pieces in his pocket.
Although the funeral hogged the front pages of the Chinese dailies, none of them managed to capture the picture of Chu's long-term partner.
However, China Press, Nanyang Siang Pau and Sin Chew Daily insisted that the Hong Kong heart-throb did attend the funeral.
Sin Chew Daily reported that several Hong Kong paparazzi, who were at the funeral, recognised his sport shoes despite him being heavily shielded by silver umbrellas throughout the procession and that a bodyguard was seen pressing down Lau's head.
All the dailies also reported that Lau was whisked off half-way during the procession.
China Press also reported that Chu did not come down from the bus that fetched the family to the cemetery in Cheras.
She also did not pay her last respects to her father during the burial ceremony.
'We cannot believe she did not show up during the burial. Her father loved her the most,' the daily quoted relatives as saying.
The elder Chu, 73, had died on Tuesday after a five-hour surgery to remove a blood clot.