Bob Hope's daughter: 'It's been an amazing life'
(CNN) – One of Bob Hope's daughters said the legendary entertainer's death, in his home surrounded by his family, was "an amazing send-off" for the 100-year-old.
Linda Hope spoke to reporters Monday at the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in North Hollywood, California.
HOPE: To have you all here is really wonderful. And I just wanted to express our appreciation. I speak on behalf of my family, for all of the outpouring of love and affection that not only the media have shown but, also, all of his many fans and friends. And it is, you know, so heartwarming to all of us at this stage.
And I just wanted to let you all know that dad had an amazing send-off. All of the family was together with him and he died very peacefully last night, just about 9:30. And I don't think you could have asked for a more peaceful, beautiful death. And I think all the good vibes that he put out during his lifetime came back to take him up.
And, you know, it's been an amazing life. And I think ... [his] 100th birthday ... really warmed his heart. I think that it was something that sustained him the last couple of months and brought him a lot of joy. And we thank you so much for that and for all of your interest in him.
We're planning a private burial service. My family asks [that] you would all respect our privacy for this because, after all, we've had him with us for a long time and it takes a little while to let him go.
There is going to be a memorial service that will be held the 27th of August. And we're going to get invitations out to that. And there will be a special tribute here at the television academy on the 27th, as well. ...
[Last night] was really quite a lovely evening. This priest friend of my mother's and dad's was there. And he said a Mass in dad's bedroom, and all of the family was there, and a doctor, a nurse, and some of the nurses that have looked after him over the years. And it was just -- I mean, you couldn't ask for a more beautiful, peaceful time.
And I think at 100, people are a little bit prepared and know that it's not going to be too much longer. So we've known that we weren't going to have him around for a long time.
I can't tell you how beautiful and serene and peaceful it was. And the fact that there was a little audience gathered around, even though it was family, I think warmed dad's heart. ...
I think the things that brought him most joy were laughter and applause. ... And golf was, I think, a satisfying and probably very frustrating thing. Those of you who are golfers, I'm sure, realize that that's the case when you're a golfer. But it was a passion of his all his life.
And certainly my mother was a great joy and a support and someone who's been by his side for 69 years. You know, this is why I'm really appealing to everybody to please let her have her time that she needs to deal with this, because you know, anybody that's been in your life for 69 years, almost 70, it's got to be a big hole in there. ...
One of his writers said to him at one point, 'Bob, you know, if you had your life to live over again, you wouldn't have time.' And he sort of took that on, and that was kind of his philosophy.
And then I think of a thing that my mother has been saying to him: 'You know, Bob, where do you want to be buried? What do you want?' And his response was, 'Surprise me.' So he will, I'm sure, [be] surprised. But hopefully happy.
He left us with a smile on his face and no last words. We all had our little time with him and time to say good-bye. And he just gave us each a kiss, and that was it. ...
Mother and dad back in the 1950s started the Bob and Dolores Hope Charitable Foundation. And so we ask, in lieu of flowers, if people would like to make a contribution, [that] they contribute to that, and then we, in turn, will get the funds out to different charities that dad was particularly interested in during his lifetime.