Rihanna Funeral Lawsuit: Why Did Pop Star Ignore $150K Bill For Grandma Clara Brathwaite’s Barbados Service? [REPORT]

By Philip Ross on August 8, 2013 10:53 AM EDT

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Rihanna’s funeral lawsuit alleges that the pop princess owes the funeral company that handled her grandma’s service $150,000. (Photo: Reuters)

A Rihanna funeral lawsuit has surfaced, alleging that the recording artist walked away from a $150,000 bill for her grandmother's 2012 burial. Clara Brathwaite passed away in June 2012, and Rihanna paid to have the service held in Barbados, the singer's birthplace. Now, the company hired to host the affair is suing Rihanna for failing to settle up, according to TMZ.

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Brathwaite's grand farewell was a spare-no-expenses event, and reportedly included tents, multi-media large screens, exotic floral arrangements and a party. The funeral home says the pop star's demands were expensive, and the hefty price reflects the Barbados beauty's lavish demands. The Rihanna funeral lawsuit seeks $150,000 in unpaid fees -- chump's change to a celebrity worth $90 million.

Even good girls gone bad eventually have to pay the piper. So why did the hitmaker ignore the $150,000 fee for her grandmother's grand farewell service?

According to Ace Showbiz, the song maker only paid a quarter of the total, but has stiff-armed requests for the balance, saying the price of the funeral was excessive. The funeral company, however, maintains that the event was pricy, and that the bill reflects the cost of meeting all of Rihanna's wishes for her grandma's service. The company will follow through with its Rihanna funeral lawsuit so long as the "Diamonds" singer continues to skirt the check.

The majority of funeral homes in the U.S. are privately owned. The funeral business is a $11.95 billion a year industry, and employs over 100,000 workers nationally. According to the National Funeral Directors Association, the average cost of a funeral in the U.S. in 2009 was $6,560. That includes the transportation of the body to the funeral home, embalming, a metal casket, use of a hearse and the basic memorial printed package.  

Tack on a jungle of floral arrangements, international plane tickets, tents and big-screen TVs, and that bill is bound to get steep.

What do you think? Is the Rihanna funeral lawsuit fair? Should the pop star pay up, or is the price of her grandma's service excessive?

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